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Eye Diseases and Conditions

Picture of Blepharitis

Picture of Blepharitis

Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. If it is present on the inside of the eyelids, it is called posterior blepharitis. On the outside of the eyelids, it is called anterior blepharitis. The condition may cause itching, redness, tearing, sensitivity to light, and crusting. The sufferer may feel as if something is stuck in the eye. Staphylococcus infection is a frequent cause of anterior blepharitis. Scalp dandruff may also cause blepharitis of the outside of the eyelid. Blepharitis of the posterior eyelids is often caused by malfunctioning oil glands. The condition tends to persist, but certain strategies can be used to manage it. Doctors often recommend applying warm compresses to the affected area to soften crusts. Then, the area may be gently scrubbed with a cotton swab or pad and diluted baby shampoo. If inflammation or infection is severe, a doctor may prescribe steroid drops or antibiotics.

Image Source: Dr. Andrew A. Dahl, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Text Reference: "Blepharitis." American Optometric Association.