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Blepharitis (Inflammation of the eyelid)

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid. This inflammation can occur at both younger and older age and is a condition that can occur regularly.

Blepharitis is relatively common and affects 20-40% of the population. Some of these people have complaints. Symptoms may include itching, irritation, a “grain of sand-sensation and burning, tired, teary or dry eyes, mild shivers, trouble with reading, discharge, redness of the eyes, heavy eyelids, a lot of blinking or changed field of vision. Depending on the type of blepharitis, people complain of scabs and/or flakes on the eyelids.

The eye has an upper and lower eyelid: the eyelid margin holds sebaceous glands (also called Meibomian glands) and eyelashes. The sebum from the sebaceous glands makes an important contribution to keeping the eye moist.

Treatment of blepharitis

  • Warm compresses
  • Eyelid massage
  • Eyelid hygiene
  • Eye gel or ointment
  • Artificial tears and/or anti-inflammatory drops
  • Antibiotics

Any questions? Please contact OMC Amstelland.

Source: NOG patient information  – www.oogheelkunde.org

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