Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. The membrane covering the inside of the eyelid and the white of the eye may also become inflamed. Blepharitis can be caused by bacteria on the eyelids or on the skin around the eyes. Dandruff or oily skin can also cause blepharitis. Blepharitis can’t always be cured, but it can be controlled.

The symptoms may include redness, swelling and tenderness of eyelids. Itching around eyelashes with scales or crusts at the base of the lashes may also occur. Flakes or crusts may form during the night, making it hard for you to open your eyes in the morning. If not treated it may lead to a cyst or a stye.

Self-care is the key to managing this problem. Warm compresses 2 or more times a day and eyelid scrubs (with a gentle baby shampoo diluted with water) treat this problem by keeping your eyelids clean. If the lids are very inflamed your doctor may prescribe eye drops or ointment to relieve the symptoms. Even if you are given medication, it is recommended that you still use warm compress and eyelid scrubs.

To help prevent your eyes from becoming inflamed: wash your hands well with soap and warm water before touching your eyes, wash your hair often, keep contact lenses and lens solutions clean, buy new eye makeup on a regular basis.