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About the condition

Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the eyelids and usually causes itching and irritation. Once you have blepharitis it will always be present although the severity may change over time. Most people experience repeated episodes, separated by periods without symptoms.

Blepharitis can be caused by an infection with bacteria, or as a complication of a skin condition, such as seborrhoeic dermatitis - a condition that causes the skin to become oily or flaky.

Blepharitis is not sight threatening and is usually detected during a routine examination of the eyelids. It is a chronic condition which can be controlled with a good eyelid hygiene regime.

Blepharitis cannot usually be cured, but a daily eyelid-cleaning routine that involves applying a warm compress - gently massaging your eyelids and wiping away any crusts can help control the symptoms.

Blepharitis cannot usually be cured, but a daily eyelid-cleaning routine that involves applying a warm compress - gently massaging your eyelids and wiping away any crusts can help control the symptoms.

Symptoms

  • The eyelids can appear red and swollen with crusty or flaky skin around the edges of the lids
  • Eyelids usually feel itchy