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What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis refers to inflammation of the eyelid margins. Oils and other products normally secreted by the eyelids build up on the lid surface and eyelashes resulting in eye irritation and often redness. Blepharitis is a common reoccurring eyelid disorder that can be treated very successfully with careful management of the condition .
Signs & Symptoms
Regardless of which type of blepharitis you have, you will probably experience such symptoms as eye irritation, burning, tearing, foreign body sensations, crusty debris (in the lashes, in the corner of the eyes or on the lids), dryness and red eyelid margins.
How can eyelid hygiene help?
Developing a regular routine of eye hygiene is essential in the treatment of blepharitis as it tends to recur and rarely disappears completely. It is important that you clean your eyelids every day, whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms. You should consider it part of your daily routine, like showering or brushing your teeth. Daily eyelid care helps prevent the build up of oils and crusted matter around the eyelid and lash area.
Treatment depends on the type of blepharitis you have. It may include applying warmth to the eyelids, cleansing them, using an antibiotic and massaging the lids. If your blepharitis makes your eyes feel dry (usually because your tears evaporate more quickly) you may be recommended to use artificial tears.
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