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Blepharitis

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  • This is a disease in which the edge of the eyelid becomes inflamed.  The cause may be a bacterial infection (such as staphylococcal bacteria), Seborrheic Dermatitis (seborrheic blepharitis is the most common form), or allergies.  Lice infection of the eyelid may also cause blepharitis.
  • It may involve the skin of the eyelids, eyelashes, or glands of the eye.  Ulcers (sores) may form because of secondary infection.
  • There are actually two forms -- anterior and posterior, which will be determined by an ophthalmologist.

  • Eye irritation, burning, and itching
  • Eyes appear "red rimmed"
  • Eyelids appear swollen
  • Tears are thick or greasy

  • Anterior blepharitis:
    1. Keep eyebrows, scalp, and lid margins clean (i.e., free of scales).
    2. Scales on eyelids should be cleaned with damp cotton and baby shampoo
    3. Anti-staphylococcal antibiotic eye ointment (bacitracin or erythromycin)
  • Posterior blepharitis:
    1. Antibiotics by mouth
    2. Topical corticosteroids

  • Hordeolum -- abscess caused by staphylococcal bacteria in which the eyelid becomes red and swollen.  "Stye" is a form of a Hordeolum.  Treat with a warm, moist compress (surprisingly helpful for the discomfort), antibiotic ointments, an incision, and drainage if necessary.
  • Chalazion -- a hard, tender swelling of the eyelid, causing the eye to turn red
  • Treatment is by incision and drainage

  • You need to see an ophthalmologist (a medical doctor who specializes in eye diseases).





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