Blepharitis is a catchall term that means “eyelid inflammation.”  There are many causes of blepharitis, such as rosacea and sensitivity to environmental irritants.  For most people, blepharitis is a self-limited condition that causes episodic eyelid irritation.  Most people complain of red, watery eyes with a sandy or gritty sensation. The eyelids may look red and many people notice their eyelashes falling out. Treatment involves lid scrubs, warm compresses, and antibiotic/steroid medications to cool the eyes down.  While not truly an infection or a “disease,” blepharitis can be somewhat chronic and very annoying. The key is to find a combination of lid hygiene and medical treatment that keeps the eyes comfortable on a long-term basis.

Dr. Timothy Root is a practicing ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon in Daytona Beach, Florida. His books, video lectures, and training resources can be found at:


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