Friday, December 9, 2011

Blepharitis: What is it?

Blepharitis is a common condition of the eyelids and eyelash follicles. It is caused by a buildup of normal bacteria found on the skin and is characterized by redness of the eyelid, flaking of the skin on the eyelids, or crusting on the eyelids. Blepharitis is not serious, although it can be the cause of other eye issues such as styes and chalazia.

Diagnosing blepharitis is fairly easy and generally done through a routine eye examine. Eye doctors use a slit lamp to look at the eyelids and lashes to identify any problems. Treatment of blepharitis is fairly simple. Proper cleansing of eyelids and margins is important, and baby shampoo is often recommended as a cleanser. Warm compresses are a common treatment to help soften build up debris on the eyelids and lashes. In some cases, an antibiotic solution is prescribed to help clear up blepharitis.