Ocular Rosacea Blepharitis

Blepharitis is an inflammatory ocular condition affecting the eyelids which can be related to rosacea. Burning, itching and irritation of the eyelids are all common complaints with Blepharitis. Other common ocular symptoms include a gritty or sandy feeling in the eyes, red, inflamed or swollen eyelids, crustiness in the corners of the eyes, flaky skin on the eyelids, and dandruff. If left untreated, Blepharitis can lead to sties, irritation and inflammation of the cornea or keretitis and conjunctivitis.

Blepharitis is a relatively common eye condition with many possible causes. Blepharitis can also result from an infection in the eyes, which would require treatment with a prescription medication. Blepharitis may occur in conjunction with rosacea, or as a result of prolonged psoriatic arthritis.

The eyes and eyelids are surrounded by approximately 80 oil glands. Blepharitis is the result of a malfunction within these oil glands surrounding the eye. If the immune system becomes disrupted due to stress, infection, dehydration, or allergies these oil glands react by producing too little oil causing dryness, too much oil causing crusting of the eyes, or even the wrong kind of oils. When the oil gland production is disrupted the eyelids can become red, irritated, inflamed, swollen and crusty. Rosacea is often linked to blepharitis as it also a condition involving the function and regulation of the oil glands in the skin. Other causes of an oil gland malfunction include Bacterial exposure from eye makeup, ocular lubricants and contact lens solutions or direct contact with allergens present in the environment.

The element to blepharitis management is – pay close attention – eyelids and eye lashes hygiene. Treatment may include placing a clean washcloth which has been soaked in hot tap water on closed eyelids for three to five minutes, repeat this process a second time. Follow this by gently cleansing the eye area with a mild mixture of equal parts of baby shampoo and water and gently, then carefully rinse the lids thoroughly with warm water. This procedure can be done to two to three times a day as needed. Once your blepharitis is under control this process need only be done once a day. Rosacea-Ltd applied at the first indication of a blepharitis flare can also help to quickly bring this condition under control.