Blepharitis - Eyelid Infection
Blepharitis is a common eyelid infection. It is an inflammation that occurs along the inner or outer side of the eyelashes on the eyelids. Blepharitis is most frequently caused by an overgrowth of bacteria. It is treated with good eyelid hygiene, and in some cases, prescription medicine.
Blepharitis may be mild, chronic, or severe. Blepharitis can recur and lead to the loss of eyelashes and the development of growths called styes and chalazia. Eye surface irritation may contribute to conjunctivitis. Dry eye can damage the cornea. The cornea is a clear dome that helps your eyes focus.
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