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Blepharitis or chronic inflammation of the eye lid is a very common and distressing condition.


The symptoms can be mild and consist simply of a gritty sensation and sore eye lids (the most common type). Or, it may be more severe and cause deformity of the eyelids resulting in the eye lashes growing inwards.


Blepharitis is commonly associated with dry skin e.g. eczema and psoriasis. Styes on the eye lids are much more common if blepharitis is present.


It is not possible to cure blepharitis, however, symptoms can be alleviated by a number of mechanical and medical means. The aim of treatment is to:

  1. . Keep lids clean - bathing to remove crusts and scales is important.
  2. . Treat the infection - antibiotic ointment to eyelid area to prevent secondary infection.
  3. . Replace tears - artificial tears may be needed to alleviate symptoms.


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