Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelids. It is a very common and permanent condition. In some cases, the symptoms can disappear for long time periods, months or years, before returning.
Causes of Blepharitis
There are two main causes of blepharitis: staphylococcus bacteria and seborrhea.
Blepharitis caused by staphylococcus bacteria often begins in childhood. Common symptoms include collar scales on the lashes, crusting, and chronic redness at the lid margin. Treatment is very important. In addition to eliminating the redness and soreness, treatment can prevent potential infection and scarring of the cornea and conjunctiva.
Blepharitis can also result from seborrhea. Seborrhea can cause greasy, waxy scales to accumulate along the eyelid margins. Seborrhea may be a part of an overall skin disorder that affects other areas as well.
Careful daily cleansing of the eyelashes with warm water and mild shampoo can help control blepharitis.
In some cases, we may prescribe eye drops or ointment to be used along with daily cleansing. However, medication alone is insufficient; keeping the eyelids clean is essential.
The doctors at Bonner Eye Clinic can help you to determine whether you have blepharitis and which type you have. We can also prescribe an appropriate medication if needed.