What is blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelash follicles along the edges of the eyelids. This is usually a persistent, recurring problem for children that starts early in childhood and may last throughout one’s life. Often, there is a secondary infection of the eye and a loss of eyelashes.
Symptoms may include:
- Redness and scaling on the edges of the eyelids
- Burning, itching and/or swelling of the eyes
- Rubbing of eyes
- A feeling of having sand or dust in the eyes when blinking
- General discomfort of the eyes
- Seborrheic dermatitis on the head or face
- Eye drainage
Blepharitis may be caused by:
- An overgrowth of bacteria that is normally found on the skin
- An infection with bacteria
- Abnormal production and secretion of the sebaceous glands (oil-producing glands)
- Seborrheic dermatitis (an inflammation of the skin's top layers that is characterized by red, itchy skin that sheds scales)