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Blepharitis is a common and persistent inflammation of the eyelids. This condition frequently occurs in people who have oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes. It can also be associated with Acne Rosacea.  Bacteria resides on the surface of everyone’s skin but in certain individuals they thrive in the skin at the base of the eyelashes.

The resulting irritation sometimes associated with over activity of the nearby oil glands, cause dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins. If these particles fall into the eyes they cause a foreign body sensation and cause the eyes to become red. Sometimes an allergic reaction on the surface of the eye can also occur.

Anatomy of the tear film

tear filmTears are made up of three layers:

  1. Lipid (oil) layer: lubricates and prevents evaporation.
  2. Aqueous (water) layer: nourishes and protects the cornea.
  3. Mucin layer: adheres tears to the eye.

The eyelid glands called meibomian glands create the lipid (oil) layer of the tear film.

lid margin

Standard treatment of hot compress and lid scrubs is not as effective at opening the ducts and clearing the secretions as The LipiFlow® Thermal Pulsation System.