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Blepharitis is a common eye disease that affects the edge of the eyelids and the eyelash hair follicles. Symptoms include red and swollen eyelids; crusting of the eyelashes on awakening; redness of the eye; sensitivity to light; excessive tearing; frothy tears; and an itching, burning, or foreign-body sensation in the eye.
There are two forms of blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis involves the portion of the eyelid where the eyelashes attach. It is caused either by a bacterial infection, or as part of the same skin condition that causes
Posterior blepharitis occurs when the oil-secreting glands inside the eyelid (the meibomian glands) become inflamed, and eventually cannot secrete properly. This leads to changes in the liquid bathing the eye (the tear film). Like anterior blepharitis, posterior blepharitis may occur as part of seborrheic dermatitis.
Treatment of blepharitis primarily involves various methods to keep the eyelids clean and free of crusts. In some cases, antibiotic or steroid eyedrops are used.
Principal Proposed Treatments for Blepharitis
As noted above, in posterior blepharitis, the tear film becomes abnormal. A
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Other Proposed Treatments for Blepharitis
For various theoretical reasons, numerous other natural treatments have been recommended for blepharitis, including beta-carotene
Certain herbs have been used, traditionally in the form of eyedrops, to treat blepharitis and related conditions, including barberry, bayberry,
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