Symptoms may include burning, soreness or stinging in the eyes, crusty eyelashes or itchy eyelids. It is commonly caused by bacterial infection or may result from a complication of a skin condition. Blepharitis is not contagious.
In addition to following a regular cleaning regime, antibiotic ointments, creams or eye drops (topical antibiotics) may be prescribed.
Topical antibiotics are usually prescribed for a 4 – 6 week period.
Serious, sight-threatening problems are rare, however it is important that any complications are identified and treated quickly.