The Eye Specialist
Professor S A Sadiq DO, MRCOphth, FRCS, FRCOphth, DM
Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, North West UK
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. It is a chronic condition, but it can be ameliorated by self-care. It is not sight threatening, but it is troublesome as it is chronic and the symptoms recur. In some patients it is associated with inflammation of the skin on the face (rosacea).
Blepharitis can affect the front part of the eyelids (anterior blepharitis/ seborrheic blepharitis) or the back portion of the eyelids (posterior blepharitis / meibomianitis) that are in contact with the front of the eye-ball.
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Watering from the eye can occur because of excess tears being produced (lacrimation), or tears not flowing away from the eye into the nose (epiphora). It can also occur due to the eyelid not being in the correct place (entropion, ectropion, facial palsy).
Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the commonest cause of blindness in the Western World.