Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelids, causing red, irritated, and itchy eyes, usually affecting both eyes along the edges of the eyelids. It mainly happens when tiny oil glands near the base of the eyelashes get clogged, inducing inflammation and redness.
It is a chronic condition, sometimes uncomfortable and unsightly, caused by many diseases, which are difficult to treat. However, it’s not contagious and will not cause permanent harm to your eyesight.
Blepharitis condition gets worse in the morning with signs like watery, red, itchy eyes, eyelids that appear greasy, a gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes and red, swollen eyelids. The other signs people can experience are flaking the skin around the eyes, eyelid sticking, crusted eyelashes, more frequent blinking, sensitivity to light and blurred vision that usually improves with blinking.
Make an appointment with your doctor when your blepharitis does not become better despite following good hygiene practices, regular cleaning and taking proper care of the affected area.
Even when the exact cause of blepharitis is unknown, it spreads from one person to another. It is generally associated with one or more of the following conditions:
People with blepharitis may also have:
Some changes in lifestyle and habits can help prevent the occurrence of blepharitis. These include cleaning the eyelids, removing makeup before bed, avoiding using eyeliner on the eyelids. Do not use cosmetics when being treated for blepharitis, preventing eyes from further irritation.
Chief Arthur Mbanefo, 91 years old, former ambassador to the UN and Representative of Nigeria, thanks the American Hospital Dubai for the excellent medical treatment and personalized care he received.