Blepharitis is an inflammation of the
eyelid, along the eyelash line. The condition is not fully
understood by doctors, but there are several causes associated
with blepharitis as well as a range of treatments.
Viruses, bacteria, mites and problems in the oil glands of the
eye are all linked to blepharitis. Certain kinds of medication
such as those used for severe cases of acne can also cause
Blepharitis is not conjunctivitis, or “pink
eye”, although the two may occur at the same time and display
There are two basic types of blepharitis - Anterior
blepharitis and Posterior blepharitis:
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experience a near immediate resolution of their symptoms and you
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There are many kinds of anterior blepharitis.
Anterior blepharitis is the name of an inflammation that affects the
outside part of the eyelid around the base of the eyelashes. Bacteria,
mites and viruses can all cause anterior blepharitis. Three kinds of anterior blepharitis are
staphylococcal blepharitis, demodex blepharitis and seborrheic
° Staphylococcal blepharitis:
This inflammation is
caused by the bacteria Staphylococcal growing along the eyelash line.
° Demodex blepharitis:
Mites and their waste can clog the roots
of the hair follicles of the eyelashes. Everyone has tiny mites that
live in their eyelashes, but only some people experience an infection.
Researchers speculate that an unusual immune response or allergies might
cause some people to be affected by demodex blepharitis and not others.
A different kind of demodex mite can cause posterior blepharitis when
the mites enter the oil glands of the eye.
This type of blepharitis is caused by seborrheic
dermatitis - a skin condition characterized by flaking and
scaling of the skin.
» Posterior Blepharitis
There are also a few different kinds of posterior blepharitis. Posterior blepharitis refers to blepharitis of the eyelid
at the point where it comes into contact with the eyeball.
° Meibomian blepharitis:
Oil glands in
the eye are called the meibomian glands. These glands sit behind the
eyelashes and are responsible for giving the skin around the eyes a
healthy amount of lubrication. Meibomian blepharitis occurs when these glands function
° Rosacea blepharitis:
Rosacea is associated with dysfunction of the meibomian glands as well,
resulting in inflammation of the eyelid.
A diagnosis of
blepharitis can be made during a complete eye exam. Observation of the
condition of the eyelid and eyelash line should be enough to make a
Patients who wear contacts may have to temporarily
discontinue their use of the lenses until the inflammation goes away. If
a patient used any eye makeup products while they were experiencing
blepharitis, the products should be thrown away in case they were
Warm compresses can help with the symptoms of
blepharitis. Soaking a washcloth in warm water and leaving it across the
eyelids for five minutes can loosen any crustiness that builds up at the
base of the eyelashes and loosen any debris clogging the oil glands. You
can gently massage the eyelids as well. Always be very careful when
touching your eyes and be sure not to put too much pressure on your
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Please contact us today to discuss the appropriate
lid scrub products required to successfully manage your personalized lid hygiene.
Strict eye hygiene helps prevent blepharitis. Using clean towels and
making sure your hands are clean before touching your eyes and eye area
are important steps in prevention. If you wear makeup, it is important
to thoroughly remove any traces of it before going to bed.
cases of posterior blepharitis where the oil glands are not producing
enough oil, nutritional supplements of Omega-3 fatty acids may be
recommended by your doctor.
Discuss with your doctor about the best omega 3
supplements to take for your condition.
see an eye care professional
If you experience any of the
common blepharitis symptoms, it is time to make an appointment with your
eye care professional. Blepharitis can cause itching in the eye,
redness, crustiness at the base of the lash line and general irritation.
You may also feel a foreign body sensation in the eye. This can feel
like a piece of sand in the eye or grittiness on the eyeball that
doesn’t go away. In some cases of blepharitis, the eyes may become more
sensitive to light.
Always see a medical professional immediately
if you have any sudden changes in vision. This includes darkening around
the edges of your vision, dark spots in front of your eyes, halos around
bright lights, a loss of vision in one part of your field of sight or
any other noticeable change.