Itchy Gritty Eyes may be Blepharitis

Written by on March 21, 2011 in dry eye, Ocular Rosacea with 0 Comments

An unusually useful article about Blepharitis today from The Herald Times Reporter, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. (

Itchy, sandy feeling in eyelids may be blepharitis

Question: What causes my eyelids to be itchy and sandy in the mornings?

Answer: The most likely cause of your symptoms is something called blepharitis, or inflammation of the eyelids, and is the most common ocular disease we see. This type of inflammation is sometimes, but not always, associated with a bacterial infection, dry eyes, or a skin condition such as acne rosacea.

Common symptoms may include the scratchy sensation of a foreign body, or burning, flaking, tearing, crusting, itching, inflammation and redness of the lid margins.

Dry eye syndrome may be associated with either type and may make the symptoms worse. Allergic sources, smoke, dust or a dry environment, while not a cause of this problem, can also contribute to the severity of symptoms. The uncertain cause, chronic nature of the associated conditions, and inadequate treatments make this condition difficult to manage.

Given the number of possible causes and symptoms, the actual diagnosis in your case requires a good eye examination by your ophthalmologist.

Taking fish oil capsules may be helpful by making the oily secretions less thick and allowing them to flow out of the glands more freely.

It is important to understand that blepharitis is often a chronic condition requiring ongoing attention in order to reduce symptoms over time. However, good eyelid hygiene and prescription medications are often effective at managing the symptoms of this disease.

Dr. Donald Lewellen Jr. is a board-certified ophthalmologist at Eye Clinic of Manitowoc and the Two Rivers Eye Clinic.

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