What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of the eyelids. It can affect people of all ages.
- • crusting, swelling and redness of the eyelids
- • gritty feeling and/or burning sensation in the eye
- • light sensitivity
- • blurred vision
- • minute crusts or flakes on the eyelashes ( eyelash dandruff )
- • loss of eyelashes / misdirected or in-growing eyelashes
- • styes or even small ulcers on the eyelids
There are 3 main types of Blepharitis:
1. Anterior blepharitis affects the front of the eyelid edge around the eyelashes and is often caused by a bug called Demodex folliculorum which colonises the eyelash follicles.
2. Posterior blepharitis affects the back of the eyelid edge around the Meibomian glands. It is often associated with rosacea (a common skin disease characterised by redness of the face, particularly the cheeks and forehead)
3. Mixed anterior and posterior blepharitis when both conditions exist together.