Blepharitis - Inflammation of the Eyelids

Blepharitis - Inflammation of the Eyelids

Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of the eyelids on the edges that touch each other when the oil glands on the edges of the lids become clogged, which leads to a feeling of discomfort spreading also the ocular surface.  Blepharitis is a chronic condition that may lead to more serious infections especially in contact lens wearers and people with a history of intraocular surgery such as cataract surgery.


  • Feeling of dryness, burning and stinging, occasional watering in the eyes
  • Redness
  • Redness and itching at the edge of the lids
  • Flaking
  • Sticking eyelashes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Loss of eyelashes


  • Eyelash mites
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Acne rosacea
  • Allergies


  • Stye and chalazion formation
  • Loss of eyelashes, ingrown eyelashes
  • Contact lens intolerance
  • Corneal ulcers


Blepharitis is a chronic condition. Thus, it requires long-term treatment. The first and most important step in treatment is applying a few minutes of hot compress on the eyelids and removal of the oily deposits on the edges of the eyelids by an eyelid shampoo. On the other hand, steroid and antibiotic eye drops are also useful for rapidly overcoming the inflammatory reaction. It is recommended to refrain from wearing contact lenses or makeup during this time. In case such precautions prove to be inadequate, advanced stages of treatment are also available.

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