Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. Most of the time, it occurs when oil glands in the eyelids produce too much, too little or the wrong kind of oil. Less common causes of blepharitis include allergies, bacterial infection, rosacea, certain chronic medical conditions and some types of cancer.

Although blepharitis usually affects the eyelids, it can sometimes affect the cornea (the protective outer layer of the eye) and the membrane that lines the inside of the eyelid (conjunctiva).


Blepharitis causes red, swollen and itchy eyelids that may appear scaly or crusty near the base of the eyelashes. Sometimes, your eyes may get so crusty that they stick together when you’re sleeping. Other symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Burning eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Feeling that something is in the eye
  • Dry eyes
  • Blurry vision
Because blepharitis can lead to more serious problems, including scarring of the eyes, it’s important to seek treatment.

Services & Treatment

Your doctor will discuss the best ways to treat belpharitis. In some cases, you may simply need to improve your eye hygiene: 

  • Keep hands and face clean
  • Avoid rubbing eyes
  • Remove any makeup before going to bed 
Other treatments include antibiotic eye drops or ointments, prescription medications and steroids. If your blepharitis is caused by another condition (like allergies), you’ll need additional care to control or treat the underlying problem.

Why Aurora?

At Aurora, we strive to offer convenient, compassionate care.

  • Our ophthalmologists are on call 24/7, so if you have an eye emergency, we’re there to help.  
  • We offer hundreds of specialists under one roof. If your doctor notices another health issue during your exam, like symptoms of diabetes, he or she can get you an appointment with another Aurora specialist right away. 
  • Our clinics, hospitals and surgery centers provide care for a whole spectrum of eye issues.

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