Eyelid Inflammation (blepharitis)

A common disorder that causes inflammation of the eyelids, particularly at the lid edges. Blepharitis may affect the interior or exterior eyelid.

Eyelid Inflammation (blepharitis) Overview

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Symptoms of Eyelid Inflammation

  • Eye irritation
  • Burning
  • Tearing
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Crusty debris
  • Dryness
  • Redness

Possible Causes of Eyelid Inflammation

  • A low-grade bacterial infection
  • A generalized skin condition such as acne rosacea or scalp dandruff
  • Problems with the oil glands of the eyelid

Treatment of Eyelid Inflammation

  • Applying warm compresses to the lids
  • Using a topical or oral antibiotic
  • Massaging the lids to remove excess oils
  • Using artificial tears or lubricating ointments
  • Silicone punctal plugs that stop tears from draining to keep eyes moist

Get EyeSmart

Visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s webpage on Eyelid Inflammation (blepharitis).