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Blepharitis is a common and persistent inflammation of the eyelids.

There are several types of blepharitis, most of which are caused by bacteria  commonly found in and around the eyelids.  Allergies, toxins, or viral infections can also lead to the development of blepharitis.

Symptoms: Commonly, the eyelid margins are red, with scales and flakes appearing at the base of the lashes. There may be irritation or the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, with redness, burning and itching of the eyelid margin. On awakening in the morning, the eyelids may feel sticky, with crusted scales and debris caused by an oily discharge from the eyelid glands. Untreated, these glands may become plugged and infected, potentially leading to styes, dry eye syndrome and lash loss.

The Cure: Unfortunately, blepharitis is usually a chronic condition for which there is no known cure. However, early diagnosis and proper treatment is key to controlling the symptoms and prevent worsening of the condition.

Treatment options: Treatment requires a program of daily eyelid hygiene which usually includes warm compresses applied directly to the eyelid margins to help loosen the debris on the lashes.

Thorough eyelid cleansing with LID-CARE Towelettes or baby shampoo or mild shampoo on a clean face cloth to help remove debris, crust and toxic products from the eyelid margin is also recommended.

Application of ocular lubricants may also be used to relieve any symptoms associated with dry eye syndrome.

Occasionally, your doctor may recommend an antibiotic or anti-inflammatory ointment to control the bacterial and inflammation component of blepharitis. It is important to use as directed and not to self-medicate.

It is also important to know that in some cases, it may take up to eight weeks to notice an improvement. Ongoing lid hygiene is often necessary to keep the condition under control