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

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.

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.

Related: “Dry Eye Disease: What Is It & Why Does It Occur?”

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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Ryan Corte, OD
Dr. Ryan Corte was born and raised in Novi, MI where he attended Novi High School. He graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutritional Science in 2008. He also attended The Ohio State University College of Optometry where he graduated with a Doctor of Optometry degree in 2012. Dr. Corte completed an Optometric Residency in Primary Care and Ocular Disease at the Illinois College of Optometry in 2013. During his residency, he obtained advanced clinical competency to practice optometry at the highest level as well as provided educational assistance and supervision of third and fourth year students as a clinical faculty member. He now practices just north of Charlotte, NC at Northlake Eye. In addition to his clinical expertise, Dr. Corte has contributed to optometry through multiple leadership roles. He is a former Executive President of the American Optometric Student Association and is currently serving on the Young ODs and Membership committee of the North Carolina Optometric Society Optometric. He also was a senior journalist for and is a co-founder of Dr. Corte thrives on involvement and looks forward to remaining very active throughout his professional career. 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.