Types of BlepharitisThere are two types of blepharitis, seborrheic and ulcerative.
SymptomsBlepharitis commonly causes red, crusty eyelids. If you have blepharitis, your symptoms are probably most noticeable upon awakening in the morning.
CausesMost cases of blepharitis are caused by poor eyelid hygiene. Other causes include oily eyelid glands, allergic reactions, bacterial infections, or lice on the eyelashes.
DiagnosisA slit lamp is usually used during an examination to diagnose blepharitis. The slit lamp allows the doctor to carefully examine the eyelashes and eyelids.
TreatmentBlepharitis is a chronic condition. There is no cure for this condition, but it can be treated. Probably the best way to treat blepharitis is with good eyelid hygiene, including regularly cleaning the lids and lashes and eyelid scrubs. In addition to hygiene, some doctors may prescribe antibiotics or other medications to help control the condition.
What you should knowIf you experience symptoms of blepharitis, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor. Sometimes the symptoms of blepharitis are very similar to those of dry eye syndrome, another bothersome eye condition. An eye doctor will diagnose your condition and give you ways to help manage it.
Source: American Optometric Association, Blepharitis. 10 Jul 2007.