DEAR DOCTOR K: I had some itching and burning in my eye. My ophthalmologist said I have blepharitis. Can you tell me more about this condition?
DEAR READER: Blepharitis is an inflammation of the edges of the eyelids and eyelash hair follicles. It is a common and sometimes long-lasting condition. The good news is that it will not permanently damage your eyesight. Blepharitis can be triggered by bacterial infections, though it is not contagious. You can also develop blepharitis if your eyelid glands make too much oil. People with skin conditions such as rosacea, seborrhea, oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes are more likely to get this condition.