Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common inflammatory condition which affects the eyelids. It usually causes burning, itching, and irritation of the lids. In severe cases, it may also cause styes, irritation, and inflammation of the cornea (keratitis) or conjunctiva (conjunctivitis). Some patients have no symptoms at all.

Blepharitis is usually a chronic problem that can be controlled with extra attention to lid hygiene. The following regimen may be useful:

  • Once daily (usually morning), take one drop of baby shampoo to the palm of your hand and add water to make a lather. Close your eyes and gently wash eyelashes. Do not use a washcloth—use fingertips.
  • Rinse with cool water and pat dry with a clean towel.
  • Use artificial tears 4 to 6 times a day as needed.
  • Use topical medication if indicated.