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Blepharitis (say "bleh-fuh-RY-tus") is a skin problem that affects the eyelids and lashes. It may be caused by bacteria or by other skin conditions such as dandruff, skin allergies, or eczema.
If you have blepharitis, you're also more likely to get styes.
If you have blepharitis:
In some cases, symptoms may be more severe.
The doctor will look at your eyes, eyelids, and eyelashes with a lighted tool.
In many cases, regular washing of your eyelids, eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair can control blepharitis. To wash your eyelids:
You can also put a warm, wet washcloth over your eyes. If your eyes are dry, artificial tears may help.
You may need antibiotics to treat some types of blepharitis. For example, if you have eye pain or a lot of swelling and redness, you may need to see a doctor for treatment.
While your eyelids are healing, it may be a good idea to avoid wearing contact lenses or eye makeup.
Other Works Consulted
American Academy of Ophthalmology Corneal/External Disease Panel (2011). Blepharitis: Limited revision. Preferred Practice Pattern Guidelines. Available online: http://one.aao.org/CE/PracticeGuidelines/PPP_Content.aspx?cid=500cd9ca-173c-4c31-b6ea-a258e3549474.
American Optometric Association (2010). Care of the Patient With Ocular Surface Disorders. Optometric Clinical Practice Guideline. Available online: http://www.guideline.gov/content.aspx?id=33585.
Lindsley K, et al. (2012). Interventions for chronic blepharitis. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (5).
Current as of: May 5, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
May 5, 2019
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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