Blepharitis is a common chronic disorder of the eyelid
margins. The symptoms of blepharitis include redness and irritation of the eyes
and eyelids. Patients may also experience dry eyes and episodes of blurry
Everyone has bacteria present on the surface of
their skin. In blepharitis, those bacteria may proliferate and cause
inflammation. Greasy scales and the plugging of the glands that produce the oily
component of tears may also occur.
Warm compresses: Wet
a washcloth with warm water and place it over closed eyelids for at least 1
minute. This may be repeated 2 or 3 times a day.
Lid scrubs: Scrub the
base of the eyelashes with a warm damp washcloth or commercially available scrub
Lubrication: Over-the-counter artificial tears are frequently
helpful. Lubricating drops available by prescription may also be
Antibiotic drops or ointments are sometimes necessary