What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis causes inflammation of the eyelids. The condition can be difficult to manage because of its tendency to recur.

There are two forms of Blepharitis that occur:

Causes of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is most commonly caused by an infection of a common skin bacteria called Staphylococcus, other causes include seborrheic dermatitis (similar to dandruff along the edge of the eyelid )

Anterior blepharitis affects the front of the eyelid and the most common causes of anterior blepharitis are bacteria (Staphylococcus) and seborrheic dermatitis.

Posterior blepharitis affects the inner eyelid and is caused by problems with the oil (meibomian) glands under the eyelid. This form of blepharitis can be caused by two skin disorders: acne rosacea, which leads to red and inflamed skin, and seborrheic dermatitis.

Diagnosis of blepharitis

Common symptoms of blepharitis include:

Other complications from blepharitis include:

Stye: A red tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid.

Chalazion: This condition can follow the development of a stye. It is a usually painless firm lump caused by inflammation of the oil glands of the eyelid. Chalazion can be painful and red if there is also an infection.

Treatments for Blepharitis

Blepharitis can be treated through

Eye Treatments

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