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What is difference between blepharitis and conjunctivitis? Can one cause the other?

What is difference between blepharitis and conjunctivitis? Can one cause the other?

Eyelid vs eye: Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid. It is treated by gently scrubbing the eyelids with ocusoft wipes or with a q-tip and baby shampoo. There is bacteria and debris built up on the eyelid and eyelashes (rx antibiotic drops may help). Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva - layer covering the eye and the inside of the eyelids. Can be from virus, bacteria, allergy or chemical. ...Read more

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Dr. Jon Fishburn
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Conjunctivitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the thin mucous membrane that lines the front surface of the eyeball and the inside of the eyelids. As the inflammation increases, it causes tiny blood vessels to dilate, thus leading to a ...Read more


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Currently my veins going into cornea. Could blepharitis/giant papillary conjunctivitis be the cause of it?

Currently my veins going into cornea. Could blepharitis/giant papillary conjunctivitis be the cause of it?

Yes: Giant papillary conjunctivitis is generally a chronic response to contact lens wear, contact solutions and sometimes environmental allergens. When it becomes chronic, vessels can grow into the superior cornea and these can threaten vision. Discuss this with an ophthalmologist as treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Do I have blepharitis or conjunctivitis? Does it matter which if I get antibiotics?

Do I have blepharitis or conjunctivitis? Does it matter which if I get antibiotics?

Blepharitis: Antibiotics don't work for allergic conjuctivitis but they may help blepharitis or infectious conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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What is best way for my caregiver to avoid getting blepharitis or conjunctivitis while putting drops in my eyes?

What is best way for my caregiver to avoid getting blepharitis or conjunctivitis while putting drops in my eyes?

Preventive measures: Caregiver can wear gloves to hold eyelids open to administer drops &/or can thoroughly wash hands after instilling the drops (being careful not to touch own eyes until hands are washed). ...Read more

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Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

Is it pink eye, conjunctivitis or blepharitis?

Conjunctivitis: " pink eye" generally is considered an infection of the eye causing inflammation of the lining or conjunctiva. Hence conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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I am experiencing itchy eyes, bloodshot eyes (side: one eye only) and eyelid swelling. Looks like a have viral conjunctivitis. What eye drop I need?

I am experiencing itchy eyes, bloodshot eyes (side: one eye only) and eyelid swelling. Looks like a have viral conjunctivitis. What eye drop I need?

Be careful: Pink eye can be a difficult condition to diagnose or treat. OTC medications may not be adequate to treat ocular inflammation. Please see an eye doctor to be complete ...Read more

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Is it pink eye or blepharitis when lid crusts but white is reddish?

Is it pink eye or blepharitis when lid crusts but white is reddish?

Pink eye: Whites of eyes can be irritated by bacteria from the crusting associated with blepharitis. Antibiotics are helpful. ...Read more

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What's the difference between blepharitis and ocular rosacea?

What's the difference between blepharitis and ocular rosacea?

Lids v. face: Blepharitis is a dandruff like inflammation of the eyelids causing redness, itching, crusting and sometimes loss of lashes. Rosacea is condition of unknown origin causing redness and crusting of the mid-face and sometimes involving the eyelids. Treatment overlaps between these two conditions and both are treatable. Rosacea can cause permanent skin changes if not dealt with. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

What is the difference between viral or bacterial conjunctivitis?

Source of infection: One is caused by any of a number or viruses, the other is caused by any of a number of bacteria. Bacterial conjunctivitis responds to antibiotics, viral does not. Bacterial conjunctivitis results in copious discharge, viral results in scant discharge. ...Read more

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What is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

What is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Conjunctivitis: Viral conjunctivitis often involves both eyes and does not improve with oral or topical antibiotics. Bacterial forms usually starts in one eye, is associated with thick colored eye discharge and is treated with antibacterial eye drops or ointments ...Read more

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Please advise what is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Please advise what is the difference between viral conjunctivitis and bacterial conjunctivitis?

Bacterial: In general, bacterial conjunctivitis will present with purulent discharge that occurs at the lid margins and in the corner of the eye. The discharge is generally thick and yellow/green/white. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between conjunctivitis and hay fever?

Can you tell me the difference between conjunctivitis and hay fever?

Almost the same.: Conjunctivitis describes inflammation of the clear covering over the white part of the eye. Allergic is one of the many causes and hay fever is a subtype of allergic conjunctivitis. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and pink eye?

Usually the same: Most "pink eye" is caused by viral conjunctivitis, in which case they're the same. However, a bacterial conjunctivitis, though less common, could cause the same symptoms and be referred to as pink eye, and there are other conditions that can make the eye look red. ...Read more

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Difference between spring catarrhal and giant papillary conjunctivitis and giant cell arteritis?

Conjunctivitis: The first two can be related and the latter is a whole different ball game of more serious proportion. ...Read more

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What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry

What's the difference between viral conjunctivitis and keratitis? I'm afraid I have keratitis. My eye is red, light sensitive, teary and blurry

Inflammation: Conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva (covering on the white part of the eye). Keratitis is inflammation of the cornea (clear layer in front of the iris). Both can be caused by viruses and both can be present at the same time. The light sensitivity and blurred vision could be caused by keratitis. Anytime you have blurred vision you should see your eye doctor immediately. ...Read more

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Subconjunctival hemorrhage and conjunctivitis- what is the difference in how they look?

Subconjunctival hemorrhage and conjunctivitis- what is the difference in how they look?

Different: Sch- is blood under the conjunctiva due to various factors, trauma, certain infections. Conjunctivitis involves inflammation of conjunctiva due to allergies, bacterial or viral infections. ...Read more

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What is the difference: iritis vs conjunctivitis?

Different tissues: Iritis is inflammation of the iris, the colored part inside the eye while conjunctivitis is inflammation of the conjunctiva, the thin transparent membrane over the white part of the eye. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Ingerman
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Eyelid Inflammation (Blepharitis) (Definition)

A chronic irritation of the eyelids, which causes redness and matting of the eyelids. It has a variety of causes, ranging from allergy and infection to irritation, as well as skin cancers. It is the most common eye disease. ...Read more


Eyelid Swelling (Definition)

Eyelid swelling usually refers to any condition that causes inflammation leading the eye to become "puffy" due to edema that is ...Read more