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Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation that can cause eyelid irritation, a gritty sensation in your eyes, crusting of the lids, dryness, eye redness, and fluctuations in vision.

Blepharitis has two basic forms:

  • Anterior blepharitis, affecting the outside front of the eyelid where eyelashes are attached.
  • Posterior blepharitis, linked to dysfunction of meibomian glands within the eyelids that secrete oils to help lubricate the eye.

With demodex blepharitis, microscopic mites (demodex folliculorum) and their waste materials can clog the follicles at roots of eyelashes.   Sometimes it might be associated with rosacea.

The good news is that there are many effective treatments for demodex blepharitis, including Cliridex, Blephadex, and Avenova.