Blepharitis is a common eye condition that is widely associated with eye styes. Blepharitis, recognized when the eyelid becomes inflamed and irritated due to bacterial infection of either the outer eye lid, or the inner eye lid.

Blepharitis Symptoms

Blepharitis is most widely associated with an irritating stye on the eyelid, but often has other symptoms in addition to the stye itself. Many people who have Blepharitis suffer from eyelid dryness, burning, inflammation, and the sensation of having a foreign object in the eye. Untreated chronic Blepharitis can potentially cause ocular damage due to scarring, loss of eyelashes, conjunctivitis, eyelid damage, or capillary development.

Anterior and Posterior Blepharitis

While Blepharitis is an ocular condition,  Posterior Blepharitis has more in common with acne than it does with most eye conditions. Most styes occur due to misfunction of the oil glands that are attached to eyelashes and eyelids, which results in an inflamed area that can cause irritation near the eye. Posterior Blepharitis is common for those with a Rosacea skin type, and is the most common type of Blepharitis overall.

Anterior Blepharitis occurs due to a bacterial infection in the anterior area of the eyelid.  Bacterial Blepharitis is typically caused by Staphylococcal bacteria, and is generally more severe than Posterior Blepharitis. This type of Blepharitis is often recurrant or chronic in nature, and usually is treated with topical antibiotics in addition to eyelid cleansing.

Treatment And Prevention of Blepharitis

The most common way to treat and prevent Blepharitis is to practice proper hygiene in regarding eye health. Eyelid scrubs are a popular way to clean the eyelid, remove debris, and prevent infection. Additional to regular washing, it’s important to practice proper contact lens, makeup, eyeglasses hygiene.

Outside hygiene, some topical antibiotics may be used to treat bacterial Blepharitis. Most cases of Blepharitis will self-heal in a week or less, but treating the eyes with a warm compress may relieve temporal discomfort and increase the rate of recovery.

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