Blepharitis is a condition that causes a kind of eye irritation. Caused by an overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelids, at the base of your eyelids and along the margins of your eyes – it sounds odd but it’s quite common!

Patients report some (or all) of the following symptoms:

  • Red-rimmed eyes
  • ‘Crustiness’ on the eyelashes that lingers around their eyes during the day but more so on waking
  • Dryness and irritation of the eyes

You are more likely to experience blepharitis if you suffer from acne, rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis and in some cases, subtle gut conditions including irritable bowel syndrome. The condition is likely to flare up at times, often more so in winter.


Treatment is easy and will include one or more of the following options depending on the severity of your condition

  • Eyelid cleaning with a pre-prepared tea-tree solution
  • Warm compresses to clean out inflamed eyelid glands
  • IPL to reduce inflammation of eyelid tissues