Blepharitis is the inflammation that affects the eyelids. It typically involves the part of the eyelid where your eyelashes grow. Blepharitis is extremely common – as almost everyone will get it at some time in his or her life.

  • red eyes and/or red, swollen eyelids
  • watery eyes
  • itchy eyelids
  • crusted eyelashes in the morning
  • discharge that causes the eyelashes to stick together
  • tiny pimples on the eyelid edges
  • flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • gritty, burning sensation in the eye
  • light sensitivity
  • eyelashes that grow abnormally


  • malfunctioning oil glands in the eyelid
  • poor eyelid hygiene
  • seborrheic dermatitis – dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows
  • bacterial infection (often staphylococcal)
  • allergic reactions to medications, makeup or contact lens solution
  • rosacea


Blepharitis is a pretty easy condition to treat. Dr. Adelson will perform a complete eye examination to determine the most effective treatment based on your type of blepharitis.

  • Cleaning the area – using a warm washcloth as warm as you can stand without burning and placing over the eyelid until it cools. Repeat for 5-10 minutes. Q-tips can be used to remove any accumulated material from the eyelashes. Once the redness and soreness are under control, cleaning may go from daily to twice a week. If symptoms return, you will need to do this treatment daily.
  • Artificial tears – over the counter drops may help
  • Antibiotics – these will be applied to the eyelid to help with bacterial infections
  • Steroid drops/ointments – controls inflammation in your eyes and eyelids

Although medications may help control the symptoms of blepharitis, they alone are not sufficient; keeping the eyelids clean is essential.

If you think you may have blepharitis, give our office a call at 866-340-EYES today to schedule an appointment, so we can recommend the right combination of treatment specifically for you.