Blepharitis is a common eye problem caused by inflammation of the eyelash follicles at the eyelid margin. This results in dandruff like scales at the base of the eyelashes. It is not known to cause any permanent eye damage. This eye condition is usually detected at the time of a routine eye examination.
Infection and inflammation of the oily glands of the eyelash is the most common cause. The condition is also associated with dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows.
Signs and Symptoms
There are a wide range of different symptoms associated with Blepharitis include the following;
- Redness of the eyelid margin
- Flaky, crusty deposits at base of eyelashes
- Itchy and burning sensation in the eyes
- Dry eye sensation
- Eyes feeling gritty
- Loss of eyelashes
- Excessive watering of the eyes
The most effective treatment method for this eye problem is cleaning of the eyelid margins and careful removal of any of the dandruff flakes. Regular use of warm compresses of diluted baby shampoo, as well as use of anti-dandruff shampoo, can help keep the condition under control.
Other treatments for Blepharitis include antibiotic eye ointment, artificial tears, reduced use of eye makeup and improvements in personal hygiene.
All of the treatment plans will rarely eradicate Blepharitis completely, and the condition is prone to reoccurrence. As well as treating the eye condition it is worthwhile having a general health check to eliminate any underlying causes.
At the first signs of the condition consult your eye health professional for further investigation.