If your eyelids are red and sore, with crusting around the eyelashes, you maybe suffering from Blepharitis. It’s always best to check with an eye expert to get an official diagnosis. But here are some common signs and symptoms to look out for.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis literally means ‘inflamed eyelids’. It can be the skin area around the eyelashes that is inflamed, or the area around the oil-producing (Meibomian) glands, or both. Blepharitis is not an eye infection, but you can have it alongside other eye infections. It is also the most common trigger for Dry Eye symptoms.
Signs + Symptoms of Blepharitis
- Eyes can look red-rimmed and sore, like you have been crying
- Skin debris around the eyelash roots
- Foreign body sensation
- Red-rimmed, sore – looking eyes
- Gritty eyes
- Tired eyes
How common is blepharitis?
Over 40% of adults will show signs of some blepharitis – and the older you are, the more common it becomes. If you have certain skin conditions, such as rosacea or eczema, you may be more likely to have blepharitis, and some medications can also have an influence. However, for most sufferers, it has no real cause, in a similar way to scalp dandruff.
How do you Manage Blepharitis?
There are three elements to caring for eyelids on a regular basis:
- Warming, to encourage secretion from the Meibomian Glands
- Gentle cleansing of the eyelids
- Gentle massage, to encourage oily secretions to flow from the Meibomian Glands
Gentle eyelid cleansing every day is key – because the skin around your eyes is very delicate and, at the same time, inflamed, it is very important to avoid soap, perfumes and preservatives. Traditional remedies such as baby shampoo and bicarbonate of soda should also be avoided, just as they would be in managing other sensitive skin conditions.
If you require eye surgery, such as for cataracts, it is essential to manage blepharitis as it is the most common reason to have your cataract surgery cancelled.
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