Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) (cont.)
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Eyelid Inflammation Symptoms
Blepharitis usually causes symptoms of eye itching, irritation, burning, and the sensation that something "may be in the eye." The complaint that "my eyes feel dry" is common.
With contact-lens wearers, it is often mentioned that "I can't wear my lenses for as long as I did before" and "the lenses irritate me more."
The lids may be red and may have ulcerative, non-healing areas which may actually bleed.
In allergic blepharitis, the lids may appear dark like raccoon eyes. This is called an "allergic shiner" and is very common in children.
Increased tear production is common and may be quite bothersome.
Chronic blepharitis may result in damage of varying severity. This may have a marked negative effect upon vision and therefore upon the eyeglass prescription.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/26/2015
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