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Blepharitis

Blepharitis (play /blɛfərˈtɨs/ BLEF-ər-EYE-tis) is an ocular condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the eyelid, the severity and time course of which can vary. Onset can be acute, resolving without treatment within 2–4 weeks (this can be greatly reduced with lid hygiene), but more generally is a long standing inflammation varying in severity. It may be classified as seborrhoeic, staphylococcal, mixed, posterior or meiobomitis, or parasitic.

A person are more likely to develop this condition if appears to have seborrheic dermatitis of the face or scalp, rosacea, lice, and allergies. The eyelids appear red and irritated, with scales that stick to the base of the eyelashes. The eyelids may be: crusty, reddened, swollen, itching & burning. It is common to feel like having sand or dust in your eye when you blink. Sometimes, the eyelashes may fall out.

Blepharitis has two basic forms:

  • Anterior blepharitis, affecting the outside front of the eyelid where eyelashes are attached.
  • Posterior blepharitis, linked to dysfunction of meibomian glands within the eyelids that secrete oils to help lubricate the eye.

It’s common to have a mixture of both anterior and posterior forms of blepharitis at the same time, but in different degrees of severity.

Although eye doctors commonly diagnose blepharitis, it can be difficult to find permanent relief of the symptoms that can include burning, flaking, crusting, tearing, irritation, itching, redness in eyelid margins and a foreign body sensation.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blepharitis

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/blepharitis.htm

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