Blepharitis is a common inflammation of the rims of the eyelids, which causes them to become red and swollen. It usually affects people over 50, although it can develop at any age and generally it is not serious.

Symptoms of blepharitis can include burning, soreness or stinging in the eyes, crusty eyelashes and itchy eyelids.

Blepharitis is usually a long-term (chronic) condition, which means once it develops it can cause repeated episodes.

Treating blepharitis and controlling the symptoms includes good daily eye-cleaning routine. This will need to be continued indefinitely. More severe cases of blepharitis may require antibiotics.

During a routine eye examination blepharitis can be spotted and treatment can be recommended.