Blepharitis: What Is It and How Does It Impact Your Eyes?

This is what anterior blepharitis looks like.

Are your eyelids ever red, swollen, sticky or itchy? Do you ever wake up with hardened or crusty eyelashes? Are your eyes constantly red, watery or sensitive to light? If so, you may be suffering from blepharitis.

In the video below, Dr. Ryan Corte discusses what you need to know about blepharitis.

If you don’t like the video or want more information, continue reading.

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a broad term that describes the swelling (or inflammation) of your eyelids and is actually quite common.

In fact, it’s often associated with the natural bacteria (or mites) that live on your hair and skin or having clogged oil glands. Contrary to how it sounds, it is not known to be caused by poor hygiene.

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Eyelids with and without blepharitis


Unfortunately, if you have this condition you’re probably stuck with it for life as it rarely resolves completely. However, with proper eyelid hygiene and medical treatments, you and your eye doctor can effectively manage it over time.

Curious if you have blepharitis? What are you waiting for? Make sure to schedule an appointment with your local eye care professional today!

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Dr. Ryan Corte is an experienced leader with a strong passion for health and wellness education and information transparency. He believes that simplifying health and wellness information helps improve comprehension. This drives greater compliance and better life choices. He is an entrepreneurial professional with a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and a Doctor of Optometry degree from The Ohio State University. He also completed a residency in primary care and ocular disease at the Illinois College of Optometry. Outside of work, he loves spending time with his wife, family, and friends as well as continuing to stay active in his community and in life.