Blepharitis is an inflammation or infection of the eyelid. It is often caused by bacteria (usually staphylococcus) or related to a long-term (chronic) skin condition, such as dandruff, skin allergies, or eczema.
Blepharitis causes the edge of the eyelid to become red, itchy, and irritated.
Sores may develop on the eyelid, or the eyeball itself may get red.
The eye may burn and itch.
Matter may collect in the eye and form a crust on the eyelid edge and eyelashes overnight.
Treatment for blepharitis includes:
Keeping the eyelids free of crust by cleaning the area with a mild soap that does not irritate the eyes, such as baby shampoo.
Applying antibiotic eye ointments. Severe cases of blepharitis may need to be treated with oral antibiotics (pills).
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher Joseph Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology