What causes blepharitis?

Blepharitis can be caused by an infection, or as a complication of a skin condition, such as:

Seborrhoeic dermatitis
A condition that causes the skin to become oily or flaky

A condition that causes the face to appear red and blotchy

What help is available?

Blepharitis is usually a long-term condition. Most people experience repeated episodes, separated by periods without symptoms.

While it cannot usually be cured, a daily eyelid-cleaning routine that involves applying a warm compress – gently massaging your eyelids and wiping away any crusts – can help control the symptoms. Medicated wipes and solutions are very effective in controlling the condition.

More severe cases may require antibiotics that are either applied to the eye or eyelid directly, or taken as tablets. In isolated cases referral to an ophthalmologist for further tests and treatment may be required.

If you think you need help, contact your local Specsavers optician.

Did you know?

Specsavers stores provide a range of additional eye care services to help maintain the health of your eyes. In some areas of the country, this may be provided free of charge on behalf of the NHS. Where NHS services are not available, there is a private service. Rather than booking an appointment online, contact your local store for more information and to arrange an eye health clinic appointment.