People that have macular degeneration have associated this blepharitis to their disease. Macular degeneration does not cause this condition but can cause the eyes to feel dry.- MDA
- Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition affecting the area around the base of the eyelashes.
- It can be acute, but that form is better described as eyelid infection (bacterial or viral), whereas chronic forms of the inflammation are diagnosed as blepharitis.
- If the condition affects the top, outer side of the front of the eyelids, it is called anterior blepharitis, a condition with a disease process similar to that of seborrheic dermatitis of the face and scalp.
- If the condition affects the underside of the front of the eyelids (the moist side in contact with the eye near the eyelashes), it is called posterior blepharitis. This shows a similar disease process to the anterior version, but also specifically affects the little glands that secrete an oily substance onto the eye.
- While the disease process is well described, the underlying causes of chronic blepharitis are not well understood.
- Bacteria can be associated with the condition – usually staphylococcal infection.
- The most obvious signs of blepharitis are redness and sticky clumping of scales of the skin around the base of the eyelashes.
- The main treatment, with or without the help from prescription drug ointments from the doctor, is not curative – but it is effective at managing the symptoms.
- This takes the form of a lifelong, twice-daily “hygiene” routine (although the disease is not caused by poor hygiene). This is a ten-minute process of loosening the crusts by use of warm compresses, and cleaning them away with “scrubs.”
- The form of blepharitis affecting the glands near the base of the eyelids is also helped by a form of massage to help express the thicker and sometimes blocked contents.
What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is a common and ongoing condition where the eyelids become inflamed (swollen), with oily particles and bacteria coating the eyelid margin near the base of the eyelashes. This annoying condition causes irritation, itchiness, redness, and stinging or burning of the eyes. Dandruff-like scales along the base of the lashes and lid margins; redness, dryness, swelling and itching of the eyelids; in more severe cases, inflammation of the cornea While the underlying causes aren’t completely understood, it can be associated with a bacterial eye infection, symptoms of dry eyes or certain types of skin conditions such as acne rosacea.
Source: Eye Smart