Blepharitis

Blepharitis happens when there’s inflammation of the eyelids. This can be caused by:

  • Obstruction of the eyelids’ oil glands (meibomian gland dysfunction)
  • Eye infections
  • Dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis)
  • Rosacea or ocular rosacea
  • Dry eye
  • Allergy-related eye problems

Symptoms of Blepharitis

  • Red eyes or eyelids
  • Burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Greasy eyelids or crusty eyelashes
  • Watery eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Blurred vision that may improve with blinking
  • Swollen or itchy eyelids

Diagnosis & Treatment of Blepharitis

See your doctor if blepharitis symptoms don’t go away with good eye hygiene. Your eye doctor will examine your eyelids and eyes. They may also collect a sample by swabbing the eyelid or skin around your eye. The sample can be used to determine if bacteria or a fungus is to blame. The treatment plan your doctor recommends will be based on what they determine is the root cause of the blepharitis. For instance, if it appears to be caused by a bacterial infection, your doctor may prescribe antibiotic medication.