Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid. While it can be uncomfortable, it is not considered a serious condition.
According to the American Academy of Ophthalmology, blepharitis is inflammation in the hair follicles of the eyelids, right at the edge where the eyelashes grow.
Under normal conditions, humans have certain bacteria on the skin near the eyes that are not problematic. Sometimes, however, these bacteria move towards the eyes, multiply, and can obstruct the glands of the follicles, causing blepharitis, or inflamed eyelids as it is commonly referred to.
Know the symptoms
This condition is characterized by an inflamed eyelid along the eyelashes. It can also come with itching, stinging, burning or a warm sensation.
Sometimes it can also cause eyes to be teary, have rheum (“sleep”) or make them red, symptoms that can be confused with conjunctivitis (pink eye). Treatment for each condition is different, however. It is therefore important to go to the ophthalmologist and get a good diagnosis in order for treatment to be most effective.
For good hygiene, keep the following in mind:
- When rubbing your eyes, be gentle; rubbing them hard can cause more inflammation. Always rub from the inside of your eye (from your tear duct) towards the outside.
- Apply warm compresses on the area while keeping the eye closed (for 5 or 10 minutes a couple of times a day). This helps relieve symptoms and helps it to heal faster.
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