Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

      BLEPHARITIS

      What is Blepharitis?

      Blepharitis (Blephar- = eyelid, -itis = inflammation) is a common condition affecting the lid margin.

      The inflammation may be centered around the eyelid skin or oil (Meibomian) glands which produce oil to slow down evaporation of the tear film and prevent dry eye.

      What causes blepharitis?

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      What are the symptoms of blepharitis?

      • Red, itchy eyelid margins
      • Eye irritation
      • Watering
      • Cysts (chalazia) and styes
      • Eyelash loss and irregularity of the eyelid margin contour

      Will I always have Blepharitis?

      No, but the condition can persist for some years with variable severity of symptoms.

      Treatment

      If you wear cosmetics, ensure you cleanse of every trace with a gentle cleanser (iS Clinical cleansers are ideal for this purpose).

      Use warm damp compresses every day (twice daily if symptoms are particularly severe) to massage the eyelid margins. This will clean away debris from the lash roots and to help the Meibomian glands to empty, reducing the risk of obstruction and cyst formation.
      This is a healthy routine that will help keep your eyelids and the ocular surface healthy and comfortable.

      Should I see a doctor about my blepharitis?

      If the measures above fail to alleviate symptoms or if the changes are localised to only one eyelid or area on the lid, it is advisable to see an Ophthalmologist who can prescribe topical +/- oral treatment for more severe cases and to exclude other conditions which may mimic blepharitis.

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