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  • Inflammatory or infectious process of the eyelid margin, typically involving skin, lashes, and meibomian glands
    • Associated with itchiness, redness, flaking, and crusting of the eyelids
    • Usually chronic, intermittent with exacerbations and remissions
    • Typically bilateral
    • No universal classification system
  • Historically classified according to location, anterior versus posterior
    • Anterior blepharitis: affects the base of the eyelashes and eyelash follicles
    • Posterior blepharitis: affects the meibomian glands
  • Can also be classified by etiology
    • Inflammatory: seborrheic, meibomian gland dysfunction, allergic, associated with rosacea
    • Infectious: bacterial (most commonly Staphylococcus aureus or Staphylococcus epidermidis), viral, fungal, or parasitic


One of the most common ocular disorders (37–47% of patients seen by ophthalmologists and optometrists)

  • Presents in patients of all ages
  • Mean age of presentation is age 50 years.
  • No gender differences seen

Risk Factors

  • Presence of atopic, allergic, or seborrheic dermatitis
  • Rosacea
  • Tear deficiency and dysfunction
  • Contact lens use
  • Isotretinoin used to treat severe cystic acne
  • Less common risk factors include underlying immunologic disorders such as lupus, eyelid tumors, trauma, and other dermatoses.


  • Multifactorial:
    • Results from the complex interplay between abnormal lid margin secretions, lid margin organisms, and dysfunction of the tear film
  • Infectious blepharitis:
    • Bacteria such as Staphylococcus may cause direct infection of the eyelids, evoke reaction to the exotoxin, or provoke an allergic reaction to the staphylococcal antigens.
  • Inflammatory blepharitis:
    • Inflammation of the meibomian glands leads to impaired gland secretions and instability of the tear film.
  • This condition can have a direct toxic effect and promote bacterial overgrowth.


  • Complex and poorly understood
  • Likely multifactorial
    • Infectious conditions
    • Systemic diseases
    • Environmental factors
  • Posterior blepharitis more commonly associated with seborrhea or rosacea

Commonly Associated Conditions

  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Allergic or contact dermatitis
  • Down syndrome (trisomy 21)
  • Ocular rosacea
  • Dry eye (keratoconjunctivitis sicca)
  • Hordeolum
  • Chalazion

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Cabana, Michael D., editor. "Blepharitis." 5-Minute Pediatric Consult, 8th ed., Wolters Kluwer, 2019. Pediatrics Central, peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617375/all/Blepharitis.
Blepharitis. In: Cabana MD, ed. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. 8th ed. Wolters Kluwer; 2019. https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617375/all/Blepharitis. Accessed April 21, 2019.
Blepharitis. (2019). In Cabana, M. D. (Ed.), 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Available from https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617375/all/Blepharitis
Blepharitis [Internet]. In: Cabana MD, editors. 5-Minute Pediatric Consult. Wolters Kluwer; 2019. [cited 2019 April 21]. Available from: https://peds.unboundmedicine.com/pedscentral/view/5-Minute-Pediatric-Consult/617375/all/Blepharitis.
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