Your eyelid is itchy, irritated and red, while dandruff-like scales appear on the lashes. Does this sound familiar? This condition is called Blepharitis. Blepharitis is inflammation on your eyelids, which is usually caused by bacteria. The common eye disorder affects people of all ages.
It leaves the person feeling uncomfortable, though it doesn't usually cause damage permanently to one's eyes if treated properly. A common question that we hear: “Is blepharitis contagious?” It is NOT, fortunately!
Blepharitis can be divided into two separate conditions:
1. Anterior blepharitis: This appears at the eyelid's outside front edge, where the lashes are known to be attached.
2. Posterior blepharitis: This occurs at the eyelid's inner edge known to be in contact with the eye’s surface. This is also known as meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD).
Those suffering from blepharitis may experience a gritty sensation, dry eyes, itching, excessive redness, and swollen eyelids. Blepharitis, since caused by inflammation, can lead to other eye tissues such as blurred vision, misdirected lashes, and dry eyes. Rubbing or touching the affected area can lead to secondary infection, so try to avoid this.