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What is Blepharitis?

Dec 26, 2022

Dr Rati Parwani

What is Blepharitis?

We are always attracted to beautiful eyes. And why not? They form a major part of your personality which defines your beauty. We often go the extra mile to accentuate our eyes with the best eye makeup. This includes eye shadows, eyebrow powders, lash mascara, and eyeliners. Well, the list is endless when it comes to eye makeup. 

If you are addicted to eye makeup, it is important to be aware of some common eye conditions which can impact your eyes. One such eye condition is -BLEPHARITIS. Yes, it is important to take the right precautions and preventive measures to avoid such eye conditions for better vision and overall eye health. 

In this article, we will explain the important causes, symptoms, and preventive solutions for blepharitis.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is an eye condition that affects primarily the eyelids. It causes stickiness and clumping around the eyelashes. The lash line is considered one of the most sensitive parts of facial aesthetics.  Blepharitis is caused by inflammation around the lash line.

Incidence of Blepharitis

Blepharitis can affect anyone in all age groups. It is more commonly seen in adults and has a high prevalence among females who use eye makeup and contact lens. 

Types of Blepharitis

Blepharitis can be divided and classified based on the frequency, duration, and severity of the problem. It depends on the chronicity and intensity of the problem. There are two types of blepharitis 

Acute blepharitis - This may be very mild and occurs due to eyelid infection which lasts for 3-4 days. This has a good chance of recovery with preventive measures. 

Chronic blepharitis- This may be recurrent, moderate to severe, and may last for months with flare-ups on exposure to the eye irritant with a period of remission. 

It is also categorically divided based on the location of the infection which is as follows - 

Anterior blepharitis - In this type of blepharitis, the eyelid skin, base, and follicles of eyelashes are affected. 

Posterior blepharitis- This type of blepharitis occurs at the inner edge of the eyelid which is also known as the inner corner of the eyes. This is in close contact with the eyeball. 

Mixed blepharitis - In some people, both anterior and posterior type of blepharitis occurs affecting the entire eyelid and lash line which is called mixed blepharitis. 

All kinds of blepharitis affect one or both eyes.

Causes of Blepharitis

The common causes of blepharitis are as follows- 

  • Infection of eyes
  • Uncontrolled dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis of the scalp
  • Acne rosacea which may cause associated redness of cheeks, nose, and eyes
  • Parasites causing eyelid infections like Demodex which are popularly known as eyelash mites
  • Excessive oiliness or dryness of the eyelash oil glands caused by dysfunction of meibomian glands
  • Not maintaining proper hygiene of eyes
  • Not removing the eye makeup correctly or leaving traces/residues of eye makeup
  • Damaging the eyelids and their follicles by rubbing the eye aggressively
  • Using the wrong quality of eye makeup, especially eyelash falsies
  • Build up of oil, dirt, sweat, dust, and grime of lashes

Symptoms of Blepharitis

The symptoms of blepharitis are as follows - 

  • Itchy eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Irritation and gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Flaking and crusting at the base of the eyelashes
  • Burning sensation with stinging in the eyes
  • Irresistible desire to scratch the eyelids
  • Heat sensation in the eyes
  • Swollen and inflamed eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light or glare
  • Symptoms are mostly seen in the morning after waking up from sleep

Prevention of Blepharitis

The preventive solutions for blepharitis are as follows- 

  • Self-care and hygiene of the eyes are important elements for the solution of blepharitis.
  • Avoid heavy makeup and cosmetics which are chemical laden
  • Use natural makeup during the remission phase to prevent the recurrence of symptoms
  • Clean lid with naturally gentle cleansers
  • Warms and cold compresses like icing can help
  • To pop the oil glands or pull the crust
  • Gentle massages and facial exercises can help improve blood circulation
  • Use a soft muslin cloth to pat dry face post-cleansing
  • Cleanse your scalp to prevent dandruff formation
  • Use natural eyebrow and eyelash products which are enriched with antioxidants to maintain healthy eyelids and eyelash
  • Use contact lenses with proper care
  • Stick to the long time commitment to eyelid care 

The easiest way to maintain healthy eyelids and eyelids is to follow an eyelash routine that will keep your lashes healthy round-the-clock. Keep the eye makeup minimalist and open the doors to natural and best beauty through eyes.