Chronic blepharitis is A very common, chronic bacterial infection of the eyelash follicles. It is diagnosed by observing the crusts at the bases of the eyelashes, seen on this photo.

It’s usually in both eyes and symmetrical. Patients can have burning, grittiness, mild light sensitivity and the symptoms are usually worse in the mornings.

It is almost impossible to get rid of blepharitis entirely, but flare-ups can be minimized and controlled. Commercially sold lid scrubs, sold at most pharmacies, is the best way to control it. Hot compresses and occasional antibiotic eyedrops may be useful in acute flare-ups.

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