What Is Anterior Blepharitis? How To Treat Anterior Blepharitis

Anterior Blepharitis Definition, Its Causes, and How to Treat


Are you irked by sore, red, sultry eyelids — sometimes coexisting with crusty chaffs at the base of your eyelashes?

If yes, it's probable you have anterior blepharitis.

Here are a few things you should know about anterior blepharitis, how to treat it and prevent it from recurring.  Let's discuss treatment first.

How to Treat Anterior Blepharitis

First of all, you want to see an optometrist or ophthalmologist to be sure that you have blepharitis and not something else going on. Overall, washing of the face regularly is a good treatment for blepharitis, but if that is not enough it can be managed in any of the following ways:

  • Keeping the eyelids clean is the best way to maintain blepharitis and reduce symptoms.  
  • Application of warm eye compress over the eyelids can loosen the crusts.
  • If eyelid glands are blocked, massaging them can bring out accumulated oil which protects the eyelids.
  • Using a tea tree oil based soap to wash your hair, face, and body.
  • Reducing the amount of make up during treatment because makeup interferes with good eyelid hygiene.
  • Avoid contact lenses during treatment as using contact lenses increases bacteria in the eye and eyelid area.
  • Doctors may prescribe a low-dose, oral antibiotic such as Doxycycline.
  • Application of a medicated eye drop, such as an antibiotic ointment if the above still does not resolve your issues.

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What is Anterior Blepharitis?

Anterior blepharitis is a common eye disorder caused by either bacteria or a skin condition, such as dandruff of the scalp or rosacea. It is the inflammation of the eyelids in which they become irritated and itchy.  There can also be dandruff-like scales that form on the eyelashes of the individual. While it is usually not sight-threatening, it can lead to permanent modification in the eyelid margin.

It can affect anyone of any age bracket and it is not contagious.

This type of blepharitis appears at the exterior edge of the eyelid where the eyelashes are attached.

Anterior Blepharitis

What Causes Anterior Blepharitis?

It is often caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. Another cause of anterior blepharitis is known as seborrheic blepharitis. Such bacteria are often found on the face and lids, but if they become over populated, or the lid area reacts poorly to their presence, inflammation, or redness and irritation, may occur.

Sometimes, even though it is not so common, anterior blepharitis can be caused by allergies or a mite infestation of the eyelashes, known as demodex.

Anterior Blepharitis Symptoms

  • Dried discharge on the eyelids, especially when just waking up
  • Eyelids and eyelashes matted shut upon awakening
  • Swelling of the eyelids and skin around the eyes
  • Red, irritated eyelids
  • Itching of the eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Eyelash loss
  • Sensitivity to bright light

Anterior Blepharitis

How Long Does Blepharitis Last?

Unfortunately blepharitis is a chronic condition. This means that there is no cure, but there are ways to maintain blepharitis therefore reducing symptoms of inflammation, dryness, and irritation.


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Shirley Dpruill on January 27 2018 at 11:28PM

I also thought this cause the eye to jump and twitch a lot.

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