Blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelids) is a common condition leading to grittiness in the eyes, redness of the eyes and eyelids, sore eyes, blurring of vision, crusting of the eyelashes and the formation of cysts and styes. It can be managed conservatively but occasionally requires medication. Mr Yadav is an oculoplastic surgeon who specialises in diseases of the eyelid and will advise you on the correct course of treatment.
What causes blepharitis?
In most people there are usually no specific causes of blepharitis but certain forms become more common with age. Certain skin conditions such as acne rosacea and allergic conditions like asthma can predispose you to developing it.
Is all blepharitis the same?
No. There are two main types. Anterior blepharitis refers to mainly inflammation affecting the front portion of the eyelid and eye lashes. Patients get crustiness and flaking at of the eyelashes and their roots. In posterior blepharitis it is the special glands found on the back part of the eyelid (closer to the eye) that become blocked. Some patients have both forms. Treatment can differ for each.
Will it get better by itself?
No. Blepharitis is a chronic condition and usually requires life-long management to keep symptoms at bay. If not managed, it can often lead to lid lumps like a stye or chalazion developing.
How is blepharitis treated?
Usually it is treated with lid hygiene and Mr Yadav will advise you on how to do this once he has assessed which type of blepharitis you have. Occasionally, you may be prescribed medication by Mr Yadav including lubricating eye drops (artificial tears), antibiotic eye drops, antibiotic tablets and anti-inflammatory drops.