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Common signs and symptoms of blepharitis include a burning sensation in the eye, red and swollen eyelids, and blurred vision. People with blepharitis can experience some or all of these symptoms. Complications related to blepharitis include a stye, chalazion, or problems with the tear film. People who believe they might have blepharitis should see an eye care professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Blepharitis?

Common symptoms of this condition include:
 
  • Feeling like something is in the eye (foreign body sensation)
  • Burning sensation
  • Excessive tearing
  • Itching
  • Sensitivity to light (photophobia)
  • Red and swollen eyelids
  • Redness of the eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Frothy tears
  • Dry eye
  • Crusting of the eyelashes on awakening.
     
A person with blepharitis may experience some or all of these symptoms.
 

Complications as a Result of Blepharitis

Complications can occur as a result of blepharitis symptoms. Common blepharitis-related complications include:
 
  • Stye
  • Chalazion
  • Problems with the tear film.
     
Stye
A stye is a red, tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid.
 
Chalazion
A chalazion can follow the development of a stye. It is a usually painless, firm lump caused by inflammation of the oil glands of the eyelid. A chalazion can be painful and red if there is also an infection present.
 
Problems With the Tear Film
Abnormal or decreased oil secretions that are part of the tear film can result in excess tearing or dry eye. Because tears are necessary to keep the cornea healthy, tear film problems can make people at greater risk for corneal infections.
 
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