What is blepharitis and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD)?
Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids. On the edge of the eyelids, there are lots of little holes or glands which produce part of the tears. These glands are called meibomian glands, and meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD) is blockage of these glands. Both can make the eyelids red and sore and the lashes crusty, and results in irritation, itching, stinging or burning of the eyes.
What can I do about blepharitis or MGD?
We at peoplespupils.com are huge fans of warm compresses. Lid hygiene is crucial to relieving blepharitis and MGD. You can purchase lid wipes and eye-baths to help. Lubricating or artificial tear drops can give some relief, and in severe cases, antibiotics may be needed.
It is best to consult your eye care practitioner to see which management approach is best for your eyes.
Useful link: click here to learn how to perform warm compresses!