Blepharitis is the inflammation of eyelids which causes sore, red eyelids, eye infections and crusty eyelids. It occurs when tiny gland located near the base of the eyelid becomes clogged and causes irritation.
This condition is more common in young people and adults above 50 years of age.
Oily skin increases the chances of blepharitis in people.
Symptoms of blepharitis
- Itchy feeling in the eyes
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
- Red eyes
- Swelling in the eyes
- Frequent blinking
- Sticky eyelids
- Loss of eyelashes
There can be a number of factors which are responsible for blepharitis. Some of these causes are:
- Bacterial infections
- Dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows
- Eyelash mites
- Allergies due to eye makeup or contact lens
- Rosacea- a condition which causes the face to appear blotchy and red
- Acne in teenagers
There is not much treatment available for blepharitis. But regular cleaning can help control the symptoms of blepharitis. Dryness of eyes can be treated with teardrops. Teardrops also help the oil glands to work better. Ask your doctor about the best eye drops which can help in curing blepharitis.
Keeping wet clean warm cloth on the eyes can help in soothing the symptoms. This will also help in losing the flakes sticking around the eyelids. Warm water also helps in keeping the oil glands from clogging.
Avoid using heavy eye makeup. Using excessive mascara or eye liner on the eyes can increase the irritation of the eyes. Not using any makeup can help in curing blepharitis early.
Wash your eyes more often. Maintaining good hygiene of the eyes can prevent many symptoms of blepharitis.
Doctors may also suggest some antibiotics which can cure blepharitis. Consult the doctor for better advice.