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Posted on January 1, 2015, 7:57 PM PDT


Blepharitis is the clinical term for swelling in the eye. Generally it occurs around the follicles of the lashes. This is a rather painful condition and causes a lot of discomfort. Therefore, you should learn how to prevent its occurrence and how to deal with it in case you or a loved one gets stricken with it.

What causes Blepharitis and how to prevent it:
    • As opposed to other eye diseases, the exact cause behind this condition is not known. It generally arises secondarily to some other problem.
    • Allergies and styes are very often accompanied by inflammation of the eyelids. Treatment of these results in resolution of the symptoms.
    • It is seen that many people face such severe dandruff problems, that even their eyebrows and eyelashes are affected. In such circumstances also, the hair follicles become inflamed.
    • There are many other conditions that lead to excessive oil and sebum production in the skin and as a result of this, eyes are also affected.
    • Good health and hygiene helps to prevent this. As stated earlier, taking allergy medication or treatment for associated skin condition helps in minimising the swelling. In addition, washing your eyes several times a day prevents problems.
    • This condition has a variable time of resolution. Many people are stricken with a chronic ailment, in which case, they are prone to frequent and long lasting episodes of this.
  Symptoms and treatment:
    • Apart from irritation, inflammation and swelling, there is the development of characteristic scaliness around the eye. These scales often break off and fall inside the eye, causing the sensation of grittiness and irritation.
    • Many times, there is an increase in the falling of lashes, especially on rubbing the eyes.
    • Because of this, the eyelids become crusted with debris and this is much more noticeable in the mornings.
    • Then there are signs and symptoms in common with other eye diseases- redness, dryness, blurry vision, tearing, burning sensation, excessive sensitivity to light etc.
    • As far as treatment is concerned, warm compress is very helpful in providing relief. This also helps to soften the crusts and reduces redness and irritation.
    • Your doctor may also prescribe antibiotics or antiseptic eye drops if he suspects microbial infection behind the condition.
    • Excessive dryness can also be treated through artificial tears or lubricants.
    • In addition, you should stop using contact lenses and eye make up until your doctors permits you to restart their use. In fact, eye make up products should be discarded to avoid being re-infected.
    • Take care to rest your eyes. Protect them from light and stress.
  Blepharitisis non-contagious and does not carry the risk of permanent damage to the vision. However, it is a source of discomfort and should never be ignored. If it is not controlled, then there is a risk of the cornea getting damaged. Hence, you should seek prompt medical attention at the earliest. A good doctor will perform thorough examination to determine the cause of the condition and treat you accordingly.