Blepharitis is an inflammation of the margins of the eyelids. It can take two forms: anterior blepharitis, which affects the outer eyelid where the eyelashes attach, and posterior blepharitis, which affects the inner eyelid just behind the eyelashes.
Symptoms of either form include a sensation of something in the eye, itching, excessive blinking, sensitivity to light, sore eyelids, red or swollen eyelids, excessive or frothy tears, crusting of the eyelashes on waking and loss of eyelashes.
Blepharitis is a chronic condition, most effectively managed by regular eyelid hygiene using a solution of water and a mild cleanser, such as baby shampoo. People with posterior blepharitis will also benefit from gently massaging their eyelids. People with scalp dandruff or rosacea should manage these conditions in conjunction with their blepharitis.
In severe cases an eye specialist may need to prescribe antibiotic or cortisone eye drops. You should see an eye specialist if you are suffering from severe blepharitis.
Coastal Eye Centre offers the highest standard of expertise in the treatment of blepharitis.