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Blepharitis is inflammation of one or both eyelids. Your eyelid, eyelashes, oil glands, or whites of the eye may be affected.


Return to the emergency department if:

  • You have severe pain.
  • You have vision loss.

Call your doctor or ophthalmologist if:

  • Your vision changes.
  • Your signs and symptoms return or get worse, even after treatment.
  • You have a lump on your eyelid.
  • You have a pus-filled sore on your eyelid.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.


  • Medicines can help decrease pain and swelling, or treat an infection.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Manage blepharitis:

Always wash your hands with soap and water before and after eye care:

  • Use artificial tears 2 times each day if you have dry eye.
  • Apply a warm compress for 10 minutes 1 to 2 times each day, or as directed. This will loosen crusts and decrease itching and burning.
  • Gently scrub your upper and lower eyelid 2 times each day. This will help open your clogged oil glands and remove pus or other material stuck to your eyelid. Your healthcare provider may recommend a cleaning solution to buy. You can instead make one by putting 2 to 3 drops of baby shampoo in ½ cup warm water.
  • Massage your upper and lower eyelid in small circles for 5 seconds to loosen oil plugs and decrease inflammation.
  • Do not wear contact lenses or eye makeup until your eye has healed.

Follow up with your doctor or ophthalmologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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