What Is Blepharitis?

Posted 26/02/2024 12:51:23

What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is the persistent inflammation of the eyelids. The membrane covering the eyelid and eyeball (conjunctiva) can also become inflamed. Blepharitis is a common condition and often occurs in otherwise healthy people. The condition rarely threatens the eye itself or causes permanent loss of vision.


Cleansing Routine
Once your optometrist has diagnosed blepharitis, the most important treatment to control it is a daily cleansing routine for the eyelids. Cleansing routines should be performed 1-2 times a day and require the use of hot compresses and over the counter lid hygiene products to thoroughly clean the eyelids.

Use of Artificial Tears
Using artificial tears can also be helpful. The artificial tears not only soothe the eye but can dilute or wash away the toxic (and irritative) byproducts of the bacteria.

Use of Medications
The ophthalmologist may prescribe medications to control associated bacterial infections, or to relieve redness, swelling, or irritation. Cleansing routines must still be used even if medication has been prescribed.