What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is an inflammation along the lash line of the eyelids caused by the build-up of the normal secretions of your eyelids. Blepharitis may also be secondary to bacteria (i.e. an infection).

Signs & Symptoms

Blepharitis often causes symptoms such as irritation, foreign body sensation, redness of the eyelids and/or eyes, itching, excessive tearing, blurred vision, and crusting of the eyelashes, especially during sleep.


The treatment of blepharitis involves keeping the eyelids clean. This is most effectively done with warm compresses, used to loosen oil and crust, followed by lid hygiene with either commercially available lid scrubs or a solution of water and baby shampoo. In severe cases, or ones with infection, topical and/or oral medications may be prescribed.