Blepharitis is a very common eye condition where the eyelids become sore and inflamed. The cause of Blepharitis is usually bacteria that live along the edge and base of eyelids. It commonly occurs when the tiny ducts in the eyelids become blocked. This can lead to inflammation, which makes your eyelids sore, causing irritation and discomfort.
Blepharitis can affect one eye but usually occurs in both. It can be a persistent and recurring problem, though it’s not a serious condition and will not cause any long-term damage. It can also be a side effect of other eye infections.
Some people may be more likely to suffer from Blepharitis than others:
The main indication that you have Blepharitis will be discomfort. The symptoms of Blepharitis can include:
There is no specific treatment for Blepharitis, but there are things you can do yourself to ease the problem and help avoid re-occurrences.
There are also some measures you can take to help prevent Blepharitis from developing. Treating any allergies effectively will help to lessen the chance of the condition developing. Using eye make-up specifically for sensitive eyes and removing it thoroughly at the end of the day will also help.
If you are worried you may have Blepharitis, you should visit your Optometrist or Doctor at the earliest opportunity.