Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids causing red, irritated, itchy eyelids and the formation of dandruff-like scales on eyelashes. It is a common eye disorder caused by either bacterial or a skin condition such as dandruff of the scalp or acne rosacea. It is not sight threatening but can be particularly troublesome since it can recur.
There are several different types of blepharitis all of which are due to inflammation of the eyelid margins, sometimes combined with blockage of the meibomian glands. These glands open onto the edges of the lids and produce oil that is an important component of the tears.
In many cases, good eyelid hygiene and a regular cleaning routine can control blepharitis. This includes using warm compresses to soak the eyelids and gently scrubbing the eyelids to remove crusts. Heating the eyelids opens the clogged oil glands, softens the oils and loosens the debris and bacteria trapped there. Scrubbing the eyelids with a good cleanser helps remove the debris.
This video is only intended to provide general information for patients. Any patient who is worried out his or her individual circumstances should seek medical advice relating to his or her individual circumstances.