Alternate Names : Inflammation of the Eyelids
What can be done to prevent the disease?
Keeping the eyelids clean is important. This helps prevent infection. A person who is prone to the condition might also try putting a warm compress on the area daily.
What are the long-term effects of the disease?
Blepharitis tends to occur repeatedly. The condition can lead to patchy loss of eyelashes. Eyelashes can grow in backwards. This can cause them to scratch the eyeball. Blepharitis can also create a tendency to develop infections in the glands of the eyelids. Styes, which are inflammations of the glands of the eyelid, and chalazions, which are enlargements of the oil glands of the eyelid, are common. If not controlled, the condition may lead to secondary conjunctivitis or even keratitis, which is an inflammation of the cornea.
What are the risks to others?
Bacterial infections may develop in the eye. General cleanliness is important. An infected person should wash his or her hands before preparing meals and or having contact with others. It is also important that the individual not let others use his or her towel, washcloth, or pillowcase.