Blepharitis is a common eye condition that is due to inflammation along the eyelid margins (where the eyelashes grow). The symptoms include itchiness, irritation and a burning sensation in the eyes. The eyelid margins are usually red and there may crusting of the eyelids in the mornings or a discharge. Associated conditions like dry eye syndrome, dermatitis and Rosacea may also be present.
Blepharitis is a chronic condition, which means that it tends to be persistent. However, there are very good treatments available to minimise the symptoms of blepharitis and to help to prevent flare-ups of the condition. These include regular eyelid hygiene, warm compresses, eyelid massage, antibiotic and sometimes steroid treatment.