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​Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids which causes irritation, itching and occasionally, redness of the eye.

  • Redness of eyelid margin with crusts, scales and flakes around eyelashes
  • Scarring and distortion of the eyelid margin
  • Loss or misdirection of eyelashes
  • Recurrent styes or cysts
  • Chronic dry eye and eye irritation
  • In severe cases, the cornea may be inflamed
  • May be associated with dandruff on the scalp or excessive oil gland activity over the nose and face
  • Eyelid Hygiene
    • Place a warm compress against the eyelids using a facial towel for 5 minutes
    • Mix a few drops of baby shampoo or specific shampoo available for this purpose with a small glass of warm water
    • Soak a clean cotton ball in the solution and scrub the eyelid margin for 2 minutes
    • Rinse off with cool tap water
    • Dry the eyelids off and apply any medications as directed
    • Carry out the eyelid scrub at least once or twice a day
  • Artificial tear supplement can be used to relieve eye irritation or dry eye.
  • The treatment of an oily scalp with anti-dandruff shampoo may also be helpful.
  • In more severe cases, various antibiotics or even steroid ointments may be necessary.

While steroid preparations often hasten the relief of symptoms, long-term use can cause potentially blinding side effects such as glaucoma or infections. Steroid preparations should only be used under supervision of a doctor.

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