Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelash follicles, causing the eyelid margins, or rims, to become red and swollen. It is a common condition which can develop at any age, but is more common in young children and people over 50.
Most people experience repeated episodes followed by periods with no symptoms. It is not possible to catch blepharitis from someone else who has it.
Symptoms of blepharitis include:
Blepharitis is more common in people aged over 50, but can develop at any age. As we get older, the small glands at the lid margins can become blocked more easily. The tears then contain less lubricants, making the eyes feel gritty.
Blepharitis can be caused by a number of factors, such as:
Blepharitis is usually a low-level but chronic inflammation. Many people experience periods of time with no symptoms, however it does usually come back.
Your Optometrist can usually spot the signs of blepharitis by looking closely at the front surface of your eyes, especially at the eyelids and surrounding area. The first-line treatment in managing blepharitis is a dedicated lid hygiene regime.
Symptoms can be reduced by:
A good eyelid hygiene regime will reduce the symptoms and help prevent them. Your Optometrist can give you further advice on treating blepharitis. However, it is a condition that can recur after treatment.
We recommend you have an Eye Test at least every two years regardless of symptoms and/or conditions.
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