Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It is characterized by redness, swelling, styes, cysts, and flaky crusts at the eyelid margin. Symptoms include scratchy, swollen, tender, and irritated eyes. The condition can be caused by a number of different bacteria. Symptoms may be chronic or acute in presentation. People with skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and eczema are more prone to blepharitis flare-ups. Poor facial hygiene can also be a contributing factor. To avoid blepharitis, talk to your eye doctor about proper face and eye hygiene habits.
Blepharitis Diagnosis & Treatment
The doctor will diagnose the specific type of blepharitis during an eye exam. Treatment options are abundant and include over-the-counter remedies and prescription eye drops and ointments. Occasionally, minor eyelid surgery is necessary to remove cysts when topical treatments are unsuccessful. Blepharitis, in some cases, requires ongoing treatment along with eyelid hygiene to maintain eye comfort and appearance.