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Blepharitis

Also known as Eyelid Inflammation and Tarsitis

Blepharitis (/blɛfərˈaɪtɨs/ BLEF-ər-EYE-tis) is an eye condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the eyelid, the severity and time course of which can vary. Onset can be acute, resolving without treatment within 2–4 weeks (this can be greatly reduced with lid hygiene), but more generally is a long standing inflammation varying in severity. It may be classified as seborrhoeic, staphylococcal, mixed, posterior or meiobomitis, or parasitic.

Source: Wikipedia

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with blepharitis, 64% report having diminished vision, 56% report having eye redness, and 54% report having pain in eye. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of blepharitis are diminished vision, eye redness, pain in eye, itchiness of eye, swollen eye, symptoms of eye, lacrimation, spots or clouds in vision, eyelid swelling, white discharge from eye, eye burns or stings, and eyelid lesion or rash, although you may still have blepharitis without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with blepharitis often receive ophthalmic examination and evaluation, other therapeutic procedures on eyelids; conjunctiva; cornea, ophthalmologic and otologic diagnosis and treatment, lens and cataract procedures, diagnostic procedures on eye and physical therapy exercises; manipulation; and other procedures .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with blepharitis include erythromycin, bimatoprost ophthalmic, tropicamide ophthalmic, phenylephrine (duramax), latanoprost, azithromycin ophthalmic, erythromycin ophthalmic, brimonidine ophthalmic, ocular lubricant, dexamethasone-tobramycin ophthalmic, loteprednol-tobramycin ophthalmic, prednisolone-sodium sulfacetamide ophthalmic and fluorometholone ophthalmic .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for blepharitis include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.

Age

< 1 years
0.1x
1-4 years
0.5x
5-14 years
0.5x
15-29 years
0.4x
30-44 years
0.4x
45-59 years
1.2x
60-74 years
2.0x
75+ years
2.5x

Sex

Male
1.0x
Female
1.0x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
0.9x
Hispanic
1.0x
White
1.1x
Other
0.7x
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