blepharitis
BLEPHARITIS
Blepharitis is an inflammation process affecting the eyelid margins, eyelash follicles or openings of the anteriorly-placed accessory lacrimal glands and the posteriorly-placed Meibomian glands that causes ocular irritation and redness acutely but usually chronically.
It may have periods of exacerbations and remissions.
It usually occurs in middle-aged adults but can also start in childhood.
Can affect vision by disrupting the surface of the cornea and the bulbar conjunctiva; may influence tear film composition.

Supportive Therapy

Tear Supplementation (Artificial Tears)

  • May be given to improve symptoms in blepharitis patients w/ evaporative & aqueous tear deficiency
  • Preservative-free lubricants are preferred if to be used >4x/day
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