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What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. Symptoms vary but can include redness, irritation, tiredness and dryness.  While it can cause discomfort, it is not vision threatening. It generally affects both eyes and is a lifelong problem, requiring ongoing management.

Blepharitis occurs partly due to a sensitivity to the toxins produced by normal lid bacteria (particularly Staphylococci), and also a build-up of oils in the eyelid glands. The upper lids have 25 glands and the lower lids 20. These glands run vertically and open near the eyelashes.


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