What are the symptoms of blepharitis?
- Itchy and sore eyelids
- Eyelids that stick together and are difficult to open, particularly when you wake up
- Eyelashes that become crusty or greasy
Blepharitis can develop at any age, but is more common in people over 40. It’s not serious although it can lead to further problems. For example, many people with blepharitis also develop dry eye syndrome, which can cause eyes to feel dry, gritty and sore. Serious, sight-threatening problems are rare, particularly if any complications that develop are identified and managed quickly.
What causes it?
Blepharitis can be caused by an infection, or as a complication of a skin condition, such as:
a condition that causes the skin to become oily or flaky
a condition that causes the face to appear red and blotchy