What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis, often referred to as "granulated eyelids" because of their appearance, is simply an inflammation of the outer edges of the eyelids where the eyelashes originate (the eyelid margins). It is a common condition that may never totally go away, but it can be controlled by treatment.
What causes Blepharitis?
Blepharitis may be caused by an infection with bacteria, an abnormal production and secretion of the sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands), or it may be associated with seborrhea. Seborrheic Dermatitis is an inflammation of the top layers of skin, characterized by red, itchy skin that sheds scales.
What are the symptoms of Blepharitis?
The following are the most common symptoms of blepharitis. However, everyone may experience different symptoms. The symptoms may include:
- Redness and scaling of the edges of the eyelids
- Burning of the eyes
- Your child rubbing his / her eyes
- General discomfort of the eyes
- Seborrhea Dermatitis on your child's head or face
- Eye drainage
How is Blepharitis diagnosed?
Blepharitis is usually diagnosed by obtaining a complete eye history and a physical examination of your eye and eyelids using a slit-lamp microscope.
Specific treatment for blepharitis will be determined during the eye examination based on:
- Your age, overall health, and medical history
- The extent of the condition
- Your tolerance for specific medications, procedures, or therapies
- Expectations for the course of the condition
Treatment may include:
- Scrubbing your lashes three times a day with commercially produced eyelid scrub
- Refraining from rubbing your eyes
- Frequent hand washing
- Oral antibiotics or ointments
- Face washing with a benzyl peroxide facial wash “Oxy-10”
- If you also have seborrhea dermatitis, along with blepharitis, treatment recommendations may include using an anti-dandruff shampoo such as Neutrogena T-gel.