What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a very common eye condition where the eyelids become inflamed due to a build-up of matter and other products normally secreted by the eye.

It can affect one eye but usually occurs in both. When the tiny ducts in the eyelids become blocked, this can lead to inflammation which makes your eyelids sore, causing irritation and discomfort. It can be a persistent and reoccurring problem but it is a common condition, which can be treated and rarely causes any long-term damage.

Some people may be more susceptible to suffering from blepharitis than others:

  • People with dry skin.
  • People with asthma and allergies.

It can also be a side effect of other eye infections.

What are the causes of blepharitis?

The main cause of blepharitis is having too many bacteria at the base of your eyelashes. Other causes could be oil glands in the eyelids getting clogged, hormone problems, virus infections and allergies.

How do I know if I have a problem?

The main indication that you have blepharitis will be eye irritation and soreness. Other symptoms can include:

  • Your eye feels gritty as though there is something in it
  • The edges of your eyelids feel itchy and sore
  • Opening your eyes in the morning is uncomfortable
  • Your eyelids appear red, itchy, and a little swollen
  • You have blurry vision


Is there a treatment available for blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a chronic condition that often reoccurs. Therefore, it’s important to manage and ease the problem with regular treatment to maintain healthy eyelids.

  • Regularly bathing your eyes to keep them clean, as well as removing any buildup, will help with symptoms.
  • Using a specialist cleaning system like Blephasol or Blephaclean wipes, specifically designed for cleaning the eyelids effectively, offer the ideal way to bathe your eyes.
  • It’s advisable not to use eye make-up when you’re suffering from blepharitis, especially mascara and eye liner, as it can make the symptoms worse.
  • If the condition leads to or is caused by an eye infection, this can be treated with antibiotics. Your doctor will be able to recommend the best treatment for you.


Can I prevent blepharitis?

There are some measures you can take to help prevent blepharitis from developing. Treating any allergies effectively will help to lessen the chance of the condition developing. Using eye make-up specifically for sensitive eyes and removing it thoroughly at the end of the day will also help.


How do I get help?

If you’re worried you may have blepharitis, you should book an appointment with your Optician or doctor at the earliest opportunity. If they’re unavailable, visit your nearest emergency department.

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