What is Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a very common eyelid condition. It is when the edges of the eyelid become red and swollen. The condition affects people of all ages and is not a curable condition.

It does not cause any long term effects and many people will have repeated episodes followed by periods with no symptoms.

Its causes are usually to do with bacteria on the lids or a blockage within the glands of the eyelids. Dermatitis conditions such as rosacea can also cause blepharitis.


Symptoms include:

  • itchy, sore and red eyelids that stick together
  • crusty or greasy eyelashes
  • a burning, gritty sensation in your eyes
  • increased sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • swollen eyelid margins
  • finding contact lenses uncomfortable to wear
  • abnormal eyelash growth or loss of eyelashes in severe cases

Symptoms tend to be worse in the morning.


Treatment is mostly about good eye hygiene.

  • Using a warm compress – to release the oil produced in the eyelid glands
  • Gently massaging your eyelids – to push the oils out of the glands
  • Cleaning your eyelids – to wipe away any excess oil and remove any crusts, bacteria, dust or grime that might have built up

In some serious incidents, antibiotics can be provided.