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Blepharitis is a common inflammation of the eyelid margins causing red, irritated and itchy eyelids. There is formation of dandruff-like scales on eyelashes. It may result from a bacterial infection or related to inflammation of special glands along the lid margin (Meibomian gland disease). There may be associated skin conditions like dandruff of the scalp or acne rosacea. It affects people of all ages. Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and generally does not cause any permanent damage to eyesight. It can be aggravated by dusty, dry, smoky atmospheres.
What are the symptoms?
You may not have all of the symptoms at the same time.
In severe cases, there may be blurring of vision, growth of abnormal mis-directed lashes that can rub on the cornea and cause permanent damage to vision.
Regular daily cleaning of lashes (lid hygiene) is the cornerstone of controlling the lid margin inflammation
Follow this procedure morning and evening for a minimum of one months, and then once daily indefinitely.
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