Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation. Typical symptoms include:

  • Watery or red eyes
  • Red and swollen eyelids
  • Crusting at the eyelid margins or at the root of the eyelashes
  • Eyelid sticking or itching
  • Flaking of skin on eyelids, esp at the root of the lashes
  • Gritty or burning sensation in the eye, or a foreign-body sensation


Blepharitis can be associated with a bacterial eye infection, symptoms of dry eyes or certain types of skin conditions such as acne rosacea. It has two basic forms:

  • Anterior blepharitis, affecting the outside front of the eyelid where eyelashes are attached.
  • Posterior blepharitis, linked to a dysfunction of the meibomian glands (MGD) within the eyelids that secrete oils and help lubricate the eye.

It’s common to have a mixture of both anterior and posterior forms of blepharitis at the same time, but in different degrees of severity.

Although ophthalmologists commonly diagnose blepharitis, it can be difficult to find permanent relief of the symptoms.

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