Blepharitis is a chronic, long-term inflammation of the margin of the eyelids. It can be subdivided into anterior and posterior forms, however many patients exhibit signs of both.
Anterior blepharitis is characterised by crusty deposits at the base of the eyelashes, eyelid margin redness, swelling and recurrent styes. Posterior blepharitis (MGD) is characterised by toothpaste-like expressions from the meibomian glands, foam along the lower eyelid margin and an unstable tear layer. Laser Vision ophthalmologists frequently manage this condition in their hospital clinics.
What are the Symptoms?
What are the Causes?
A flora of commonly occurring bacteria (often Staphylococcal) living along the eyelid margin is often responsible for this condition. There are also strong associations between that of blepharitis and seborrhoeic dermatitis and ocular rosacea.
What is the Diagnosis?
Treatment of blepharitis is long-term and requires good compliance from the patient to achieve a sustained reduction in symptoms.
Regular eyelid hygiene with proprietary sterile wipes / diluted baby shampoo and the application of heat with warm compress / Eye bag or DEWY are basic, first steps.
Your doctor may also prescribe topical or systemic antibiotics to target the bacteria and topical lubricating drops to improve tear quality and reduce inflammation. Intense Pulse Light (IPL) therapy can also be provided to patients with posterior blepharitis (MGD) who fail to respond to traditional treatments.
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