Blepharitis is caused by a chronic or long-term inflammation of the eyelids. There are various reasons for this, but the most common causes are excessive oil production of the eyelids, bacterial infection, allergic reaction, or poor lid hygiene. Blepharitis can cause excessive itching of the eyelids or contribute to various types of dry eyes.
Treatment of Blepharitis includes regular lid hygiene. We advise our patients to use a warm wet washcloth and rub in a small amount of baby shampoo until suds begin to appear. We then ask our patients to close each eye and rub the area of their eyelid where the lashes meet the lid for about 5-10 seconds per eye each time they take a shower. This will eliminate excess oil and bacteria on the lids and improve symptoms.