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Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid margin and eyelashes.

It is among the most common eye disorders caused by either bacteria (mainly staphylococcal), skin conditions (like rosacea, and scalp dandruff), or an abnormality when the glands of the eyelids irregularly produce oils. Blepharitis causes the lid margins to become red, irritated, and itchy with dandruff-like scales that form on the eyelashes. Patients may experience swollen itchy eyelids. Others include a gritty feeling in the eyes, crusting around the eyelashes, sore eyelids, and your lids sticking together, particularly in the morning. Good eyelid hygiene can help control blepharitis by reducing the number of bacteria at the lid margin.

The Importance of Eye Hygiene

Keeping your eyes clean and healthy is extremely important. Unfortunately, when it comes to our eyes, we often overlook the importance of proper care.

Every day, our eyes are exposed to dirt, pollution, debris, and foreign matter. Each of these not only builds up on the eyelids and the skin around the eyes but also on the eyelashes and the surface of the eyes themselves. Over time, if they aren’t removed, they can lead to irritation and infection. Patients can also find themselves developing eye conditions that affect the quality of their vision, their overall health, and their day-to-day comfort. These conditions include blepharitis and dry eye.

One of the latest advances in eyelid hygiene technology is ZEST (Zocular Eye Lid Technology) which comprehensively cleans the eyelids and lashes so that they are free from debris, mites, and bacteria.