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).
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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