Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It can also be caused by skin reactions or allergies. It occurs when oil glands near the margins of the eyelids become clogged. It can also develop into a stye/chalazion. The condition can become chronic; however, it is not contagious or causes damage to the eyesight. It is extremely common and affects all age groups.

Symptoms

  • Irritation and redness of eyelids
  • Greasy, itchy eyelids
  • Watery eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes

Diagnosis

The specialist usually examines the tear film and the eyelids with a slit lamp magnifying instrument.

Treatment

Blepharitis can be treated with regular eyelid hygiene, warmth, massage and cleansing. Other treatments for more severe cases include the use of artificial teardrops. Blepharitis blocks the production of the tear film and your eyes might feel dry as they are not as well lubricated. Artificial drops might help to ease symptoms. Antibiotics are also used if the condition doesn’t respond to regular cleaning. It is important to keep up with a regular treatment to prevent flare-ups.  Blepharatis is usually managed by our Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner.

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There is now a dedicated dry eye and blepharitis clinic in Adelaide- we would be happy to direct you to their services as needed.

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