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).
- Placing warm washcloths over the eye.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology|
|Last Revised||January 25, 2013|