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BLEPHARITIS

What is it?

Blepharitis is swelling and buildup of oil and debris on the eyelids and lashes. This may cause itching, burning, crusting, and stickiness of the lashes. Because of the closeness to the tear ducts, most people also experience dry eyes.

Who Does it Affect?

All age groups can get blepharitis. It is present in 15-20% of patients and more commonly found in those with excessively oily or very dry skin.

How is it Treated?

We treat this by stressing good lid hygiene, scrubbing the eyelids and lashes. Eye drops and ointments soothe the symptoms. Occasionally, oral medication also is used.

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