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Blepharitis – Overview

June 1, 2021


Blepharitis is an inflammation of eyelids in which they become red, irritated, and itchy with dandruff like scales that form along the lashes. It is a common eye disorder caused by either bacteria or a skin condition such as dandruff or scalp or rosacea. Blepharitis is very common eye condition, but it is not contagious. Even treated, blepharitis may result in meibomian gland disease, meibomian gland loss, chronic chalasia and recurrent hordeolum, which are often referred as styes. There are two types of blepharitis: interior blepharitis refers to inflammation mainly centered around the skin, eyelashes and lash follicles, while the posterior blepharitis involves the meibomian gland, tarsal plate, and and blepharoconjunctival junction. Blepharitis is fairly common condition. However, it is most prevalent in young patients or patients over 50.

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