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is risk of blepharitis higher as we get older?

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Dr. Soheila Rostami
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Yes: Age and gender both are important. Almost 70 yo 80% of females above age 60 have blepharitis.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is blepharitis chronic or curable?

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Dr. Daniel Goldberg
Specializes in Ophthalmology
Generally chronic: Blepharitis is a common condition which often affects older patients. Oils secreted from glands within the eyelash margins begin to build up and irritate the eye and surrounding eye skin. This may also occur in younger patients with rosacea who have acne and overactive oil production. In these patients, styes and chalazia commonly result from the inflammatory response to the oil buildup. Blepharitis is generally chronic but it may be treated either with good daily hygiene: a washcloth soaked in an astringent detergent such as baby shampoo applied to the eyelashes two to four times daily (most conveniently at night before sleep and in the am after showering) to debride the eyelash margin of any oil buildup. In recalcitrant cases, a steroid or steroid/antibiotic ointment applied after lid scrubs will help reduce inflammation and bacterial load. Finally, in cases of rosacea, the oral antibiotic Doxycycline is very helpful in reducing oil production.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

What treatments are there for blepharitis?

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Dr. Andrew Shatz
Ophthalmology 26 years experience
Lid hygiene: Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, often caused by overgrowth of normal skin bacteria that clogs the openings of the oil glands, as well as other factors. The end result is red, sometimes irritated eyelids and dry eyes. Treatment is aimed at decreasing the inflammation and bacteria with topical antibiotics and steroids, and increasing oil flow via hot compresses and other methods.
A 38-year-old member asked:

Describe the features of blepharitis.?

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Dr. Moonyoung Chung
Ophthalmology 25 years experience
Blepharitis: Blepharitis is a common inflammation of the eyelid margins. This can be from staphyloccocal bacteria or inflammation and dysfunction of the meibomian oil glands. Blepharitis also occurs in people who have oily skin, dandruff or rosacea. Symptoms include burning, eye and eyelid irritation, redness, and itching.
A 22-year-old member asked:

What's a simple, cheap treatment for my blepharitis?

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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Lid Scrubs: Cleaning the eyelid area with a dilute baby shampoo solution on a swab or cotton ball for 30 seconds each eye every day is a good way to keep blepharitis in check.
CA
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is blepharitis and how do I know if I have it?

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Dr. Beth Friedland
Ophthalmology 42 years experience
Lid inflammation: Blepharitis is a condition where the lid margin becomes inflamed and irritated. Many causes, but you know you have it with crusting on the lids, sometimes itchy, and blocked oil glands (meiboimian gland dysfunction).

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