Blepharitis (Eyelid inflammation) Eye Care August 9, 2023

Blepharitis (Eyelid inflammation)

Blepharitis is a non-contagious eye condition that affects the eyelid’s edges, making it red, swollen, irritated, and itchy. It is a common eye disorder that can cause crusty dandruff-like flakes on your eyelashes. 

Blepharitis does not go away completely; it entails proper management from eye doctors like Dr. Paik Dong Won and Dr. Jung Sae Rom. They are well-known for performing safe, high-quality, customized treatment plans for eyelid inflammation. 

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Types of Blepharitis

Two known types of eyelid inflammation are characterized by their location on your eyelids. They are:

Anterior Blepharitis

This type of eyelid inflammation generally affects the outer front edge of the eyelids where the eyelashes are. It is often caused by staphylococcal bacteria or scalp dandruff (seborrheic dermatitis). Anterior Blepharitis is characterized by redness, swelling, and crusting of the eyelids.

Posterior Blepharitis

Also known as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), Posterior Blepharitis affects the inner edge of the eyelids where the meibomian gland is located. These glands are responsible for oil production that help keep the tears stable and prevent them from abrupt evaporation. In this type of Blepharitis, the meibomian gland becomes blocked or dysfunctional, leading to an insufficient oil layer on the tear film, resulting in dry eyes, irritation, and inflammation.

It is essential to note that some people experience both types of Blepharitis, with symptoms varying from mild to severe. If you notice any inflammation in your eyelids, visit Eyeonce Eye Clinic for a proper diagnosis to determine the type of Blepharitis and provide appropriate treatment.

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Understanding the root causes of Blepharitis is essential for successful management, which includes:

  • Bacterial Growth – Overgrowth of particularly staphylococcal bacteria can primarily cause eyelid inflammation. These bacteria thrive in the eyelid margin’s natural oils and debris, leading to irritation.
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis – It is a common skin condition that affects areas rich in sebaceous glands like the scalp, face, and eyelids. When seborrheic dermatitis affects the eyelids, it can contribute to Blepharitis.
  • Meibomian Gland Dysfunction – Any dysfunctions of these glands may lead to an inadequate oil layer, resulting in unstable tears and inflammation of the eyelids.
  • Allergic Reactions – In some individuals, allergens such as pet dander, pollen, dust mites, and certain cosmetics can trigger reactions that lead to Blepharitis.
  • Demodex Mites – These are tiny mites that naturally inhibit the skin, including the eyelash follicles. Overpopulation of these mites can lead to eyelid inflammation.
  • Contact Lenses – Extending and improper use of contact lenses can increase the risk of developing Blepharitis because they can trap debris and bacteria, leading to inflammation.
  • Poor Eyelid Hygiene – Inadequate cleansing of the eyelids can allow debris and bacteria to accumulate, contributing to Blepharitis.

Consulting eye care professionals like Dr. Paik Dong Won and Dr. Jung Sae Rom is crucial to understanding your Blepharitis’s cause. They provide top-notch eye examinations, diagnoses, and customized treatments to help you with your condition. Schedule a consultation with them today.


Eyelid inflammation can manifest in various symptoms, such as:

  • Redness and swelling
  • Itching and irritation
  • Burning sensation
  • Crusty eyelids
  • Tearing and watery eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Eyelash abnormalities

Blepharitis can be chronic and may cause intermittent flare-ups, which can worsen and improve during periods of remission. That is why seeking immediate treatment from a reliable eye clinic such as Eyeonce is imperative.

Diagnosis and Treatment

At Eyeonce Eye Clinic, we diagnose Blepharitis involving a comprehensive eye examination by an eye care professional, which includes the following steps:Medical History – Our eye care professionals will take a detailed history, including any symptoms you have and the duration of the condition.

  • External Examination – A thorough external examination of the eyes and eyelids is done to observe signs of inflammation, redness, or swelling.
  • Eyelid Margin Examination – It is done to check for crusting, scaling, or oil gland blockages.
  • Tear Film Assessment – This assesses the tear film and identifies any tear-related issues.
  • Meibomian Gland Evaluation – The meibomian gland will be evaluated using meibography or other imaging techniques.
  • Swab test – In certain situations, a swab sample may be taken from the eyelid to identify bacterial or fungal infections.

After diagnosis, our eye doctors may recommend any of the following treatments:

  • Eyelid Hygiene
  • Medicated Cleansers
  • Antibiotics
  • Steroid Eye Drops
  • Meibomian Gland Expression
  • Artificial Tears
  • Avoidance of Triggers
  • Lifestyle Changes

These treatment options aim to manage symptoms, reduce inflammation, and prevent recurrence. Moreover, the intervention may vary depending on the type and severity of your condition. If you want to learn more about Blepharitis treatment options, talk to our eye doctors to discuss your case. 

Why choose Eyeonce Eye Clinic Gangnam for Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) treatment?
Utmost Patient Care

Our eye care professionals and staff ensure to give you your money’s worth. We guarantee you receive the best medication possible and assure you that you are guided and understood, making you feel comfortable and confident at every step. 

Comprehensive Consultation

Eyeonce Eye Clinic offers comprehensive eye examinations to evaluate your condition and assess what Blepharitis treatment is best for you. Our ophthalmologists take their time to cater to your questions and address your concerns, ensuring you make an informed decision about our vision correction options.

Expert Eye Doctors

Our ophthalmologists, Head Director Dr. Paik Dong Won and Medical Director Dr. Jung Sae Rom, are highly knowledgeable and skilled in treating eyelid inflammation. They always use the latest techniques and technologies to ensure optimal results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The root causes of Blepharitis include bacterial growth, seborrheic dermatitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and allergic reactions.

No. It does not spread from person to person.

Yes. Blepharitis can be a recurring condition if the underlying causes are not addressed effectively.


Blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) is a common and manageable condition that requires attention and proper care. Luckily, Eyeonce Eye Clinic’s eye care professionals can adequately diagnose and treat Blepharitis properly. If you suspect this condition, book an appointment with us to start living without eyelid inflammation. You may also visit our website to learn more about our other services.