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blepharitis

 [blef″ah-ri´tis]
inflammation of the glands and lash follicles along the margin of the eyelids; symptoms include itching, burning, photophobia, mucous discharge, crusted eyelids, and loss of eyelashes. Warm saline compresses may be used to soften secretions, and the eyelids are cleansed thoroughly. Exudate and scales should be removed by stroking downward and sideways. Antibiotic salve or eyedrops are administered as prescribed; in some cases systemic antibiotic therapy is indicated.
angular blepharitis inflammation involving the outer angle of the eyelids.
nonulcerative blepharitis (squamous blepharitis) that in which the edge of the eyelid is covered with small white or gray scales.
ulcerative blepharitis that marked by small ulcerated areas along the eyelid margin, multiple suppurative lesions, and loss of lashes.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

bleph·a·ri·tis

(blef'ă-rī'tis),
Inflammation of the eyelids.
[blepharo- + G. -itis, inflammation]
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

blepharitis

(blĕf′ə-rī′tĭs)
n.
Inflammation of the eyelids.
The American Heritage® Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2007, 2004 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

blepharitis

Chronic inflammation of the eyelids, with secretion of sebaceous material.

Clinical findings
Redness of the eyelids, crusting at the lid margins, cysts at the lid margin, gritty sensation of the eye, reduced vision.

Management
Local cleansing, topical antibiotics.
Segen's Medical Dictionary. © 2012 Farlex, Inc. All rights reserved.

blepharitis

Blear eye Clinical medicine Chronic inflammation of the eyelids, with secretion of sebaceous material
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

bleph·a·ri·tis

(blef'ă-rī'tis)
Inflammation of the eyelids.
[G. blepharon, eyelid + G. -itis, inflammation]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

blepharitis

Inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis features redness of the lid margins, some greasy scales on the lashes, and a constant, annoying irritation. It is often associated with dandruff.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005

blepharitis 

Inflammation of the eyelids. The most common of these is marginal blepharitis. See meibomian glands; external hordeolum.
angular blepharitis Inflammation of the canthi, affecting especially the inner canthus.
marginal blepharitis Chronic inflammation of the eyelid margin accompanied by crusts or scales usually due to a bacterial infection (e.g. Staphylococcus aureus), an allergy, or to excessive secretion of lipid by the meibomian glands and the glands of Zeis (seborrhoeic blepharitis). The condition is commonly associated with keratoconjunctivitis sicca. Symptoms and signs include burning, itching, grittiness, and the eyelid is hyperaemic and crusted and usually worse in the morning. Treatment consists mainly of frequent cleaning of the lid margins with a cotton-tipped applicator (or face cloth or cotton ball) dipped in a diluted solution of baby shampoo; warm compresses and an antibiotic ointment (e.g. erythromycin) and occasionally systemic antibiotics such as tetracycline, especially in seborrhoeic blepharitis. In complicated cases, corticosteroids will also be used (Fig. B3). See acne rosacea; meibomian glands; glands of Zeis; meibomianitis; trichiasis.
posterior blepharitis Chronic inflammation resulting from dysfunction of the meibomian glands characterized either by excessive meibomian secretion (seborrhoeic blepharitis), which is frequently associated with seborrhoeic dermatitis involving the scalp, brows and ears, or inflammation and obstruction of the meibomian glands (meibomianitis).
seborrhoeic blepharitis See marginal blepharitis.
ulcerative blepharitis Inflammation of the eyelid margin characterized by small ulcers.
Fig. B3 Hard scales in staphylococcal blepharitisenlarge picture
Fig. B3 Hard scales in staphylococcal blepharitis
Millodot: Dictionary of Optometry and Visual Science, 7th edition. © 2009 Butterworth-Heinemann

bleph·a·ri·tis

(blef'ă-rī'tis)
Inflammation of the eyelids.
[G. blepharon, eyelid + G. -itis, inflammation]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012