Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids characterized by redness, swelling, chalazia, styes, cysts, and flaky crusts at the eyelid margin. Symptoms include scratchy, swollen, tender, and irritated eyes. Blepharitis can be associated with certain bacteria, and may be chronic or acute in presentation. People with skin conditions such as rosacea, acne, and eczema are more prone to have blepharitis flare ups. Poor facial hygiene can also be a contributing factor.

Blepharitis may be diagnosed at your eye exam. Treatment options are abundant, and include over the counter remedies as well as prescription eye drops and ointments. Occasionally, minor eyelid surgery may be necessary to clear blocked oil glands when topical treatments are unsuccessful. Blepharitis, in some cases, requires ongoing treatment along with eyelid hygiene to maintain eye comfort and appearance.