Inflammation of the part of the eyelids where the eyelashes grow is called blepharitis. The symptoms include red, swollen, greasy, and itchy eyelids, watery eyes, red eyes, sensitivity to light, and loss of eyelashes. It can be caused by seborrheic dermatitis, bacterial infection, rosacea, allergy, and eyelash lice.

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Do multiple spreading sore-like protrusions around the eyes cause blindness?

Query: Hi doctor, My 4 year old nephew with autism had a swollen right eye four days ago, which turned into infection with multiple sore like protrusions around the eye. It is now spreading to the left eye. The doctors at the children's hospital have no idea what it is, but they have not ruled out herpes. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The condition looks like herpes blepharitis and conjunctivitis. In children, we suggest oral Acyclovir and have to observe his cornea as it may spread to the cornea also. He has to be kept under observation by a pediatric ophthalmologist. Consult your specialist doctor,...  Read Full »

I developed swelling, dandruff-like flakes, and soreness on the eyelid. What caused it?

Query: Hello doctor,I developed swelling of the upper eyelid (right side) about one week back. It took about five days to settle down. It was accompanied by dandruff-like flakes on top of eyelids and little discharge on waking up in the morning. The swelling is almost 90 % better. However, there is some pa...  Read Full »

Dr. Vaibhev Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to have preorbital cellulitis and squamous blepharitis. 1. These white flecks suggest squamous blepharitis. Many people with this blepharitis have scalp dandruff also. 2. Soreness and swelling are due to infection of the lid (preorbital cellulitis). 3. Floa...  Read Full »

Are bacterial conjunctivitis and blepharitis related?

Query: Hello doctor, I was diagnosed with blepharitis. I also have seborrhoeic dermatitis (perhaps rosacea), which has significantly improved. Recently, I got very bad allergy symptoms. My eyes and nose became extremely itchy, causing me to sneeze a lot. This morning when I woke up, I had trouble opening ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anand Yattinamani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, it is nothing but common bacterial conjunctivitis. Since you have blepharitis, you are more likely to get conjunctivitis. Also, blepharitis, in turn, is related to seborrho...  Read Full »

Why are my eyes always red on waking up every morning?

Query: Hello doctor,I could see prominent blood vessels in my eyes. Since my teenage, my eyes have been dull, tired, and red. They are never itchy or irritated. I eat healthily, drink a lot of water, and sleep for eight hours. Though I am using preservative-free eye drops, my eyes are red on waking up ever...  Read Full »

Dr. Shachi Dwivedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I saw the images you posted (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). There is a loss of sheen on the surface of your cornea and sclera with increased tear meniscus height. Your symptoms are typical of dry eye disease. You might not be feelin...  Read Full »

How to get rid of recurring blepharitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have recurring blepharitis. I had it approximately four times in the past seven months. It started again on my left eye a few days back. I immediately started the usual treatment by applying Terra Cortil Polymyxin B on the eyelid and Tobradex eyedrops at night, with my doctor’s advic...  Read Full »

Dr. Asha Barboza

Answer: Hi,Welcome to for writing in. I understand your concern. Do you tend to develop dandruff as well? People who have that tendency also develop blepharitis of the eyelids. There are two general types of blepharitis: squamous, common with dandruff, and the other is ulcerative type. A ...  Read Full »

Can blepharitis cause red lines under the eye?

Query: Hi doctor, I have attached a picture for your reference. What could these red lines under my eye indicate? I have a problem with blepharitis and MGD. Could it be related to that? Please answer.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from red lines under the eye. According to the picture provided here (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), you may suffer from blepharitis due...  Read Full »

What are the possible causes of blepharitis?

Query: Hi doctor,I had psychosis a while ago. I washed my eyes under tap water from the sink, and also, I was using some artificial tears that did not expire but were opened and were not used for a year. Kindly tell me if there is a higher chance of getting blepharitis or blepharoconjunctivitis from tap wa...  Read Full »

Dr. Shachi Dwivedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. Blepharitis does not occur due to contamination with tap water or eye drops. It occurs because the meibomian glands, which are the oil-secreting glands of the lid, get clogged and are subsequently infected by bacteria. This occurs becau...  Read Full »

What can cause swelling in the eyelid?

Query: Hi doctor,I am uploading the pathology slides of my mother, who had a swelling on her left eyelid.Kindly review the slides and provide a suitable diagnosis.  Read Full »

Dr. Utkarsh Sharma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I shall definitely try to help you with your query. Microscopic sections studied stained with hematoxylin and eosin (H and E) show well-circumscribed dermal tumors with cellular masses separated by collagenous stroma. The tumor is made up of two types of the cell po...  Read Full »

Why is eye swelling not subsiding even after taking medications?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a right eye swelling, under the eye and now over the eye, and constant watering in the eye. I applied TobraDex ointment at night time for the past three nights, and I have been taking Augmentin tablets for the past three days, no change in the condition. Under-eye skin is getti...  Read Full »

Dr. Ammar Zahid Malik

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for asking. From the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it seems like preseptal cellulitis may be secondary to blepharitis or some insect bite.  Read Full »

Why is my under-eye swollen?

Query: Hello doctor, I have slight pain in the corner of my right eye and under-eye swelling. Please comment.  Read Full »

Dr. Shachi Dwivedi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Is there any history of trauma? Did something hit you because it looks like a raccoon eye from the photographs (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) I would recommend you to do cold compression with an ice pack 2 to 3 times a day for five days. ...  Read Full »

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