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:
It can also be a side effect of other eye infections.
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.
The main indication that you have blepharitis will be eye irritation and soreness. Other symptoms can include:
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.
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.
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.Book an Appointment Book an Appointment