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,
- Sores may develop on the eyelid, or the eyeball
itself may get red.
- The eye may burn and itch.
may collect in the eye and form a crust on the eyelid edge and eyelashes
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
- Applying antibiotic eye ointments. Severe cases of
blepharitis may need to be treated with oral antibiotics (pills).
- Placing warm washcloths over the eye.