Dr. Brad Wemhoener
Blepharitis is an inflammatory condition of the eyelids that makes the eyelids look red and swollen and often times creates a dry eye feeling because of poor tear development.
The oily part of the tear mixture is made in small, tube-like glands in the eyelid called the meibomian glands. When these glands get inflamed or infected, the oil gets trapped and becomes thicker which causes the eyelid to get irritated and changes the mixture of the tears.
Blepharitis is commonly treated with proper washing of the eyelids with a warm, moist washcloth. Daily eyelid care can prevent or lessen the effects of blepharitis. Sometimes, medicines can be prescribed if the condition is serious enough.
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