What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the eyelids and usually causes itching and irritation. The eyelids can appear red and swollen with crusty or flaky skin around the edges of the lids. Blepharitis is not sight-threatening and is detected during a routine examination of the eyelids and eyelashes.

Once you have blepharitis it will always be present although the severity may change over time.

Blepharitis is usually a chronic condition and it can be controlled with a good eyelid hygiene regime. There are several different types of blepharitis and in some cases your eye health professional may recommend hot compresses and lid massage treatments or may prescribe medications. Your eye health professional will advise which course of action is suitable for you. Perseverance and patience are important as it will take a few weeks before you notice the effects of any treatment.