Blepharitis is a common eye condition that causes the eyelids to become sore and inflamed. It causes a build-up of debris on the edge of the eyelids and the surrounding base of eyelids. Over time this debris, which may not be visible to the naked eye, blocks the oil glands, disrupts the tears and allows bacteria to thrive causing further complications.

Blepharitis Information

Blepharitis Symptoms

Blepharitis can cause crusting and white scales that may stick to the roots of eyelashes. Your eyelid edges may become red and your eyes will feel gritty, burning, sore or itchy. If you experience these symptoms, make an appointment with us.

Blepharitis Risk Factors

Blepharitis is more common in people over the age of 50, but anyone can develop it. This is often because the glands that make the normal tears, particularly the oily part of the tears, tend to become less effective as you get older.

Other risk factors include:

  • Adults and children who have eczema, allergies, rosacea and psoriasis
  • Poor personal hygiene
  • Not removing cosmetic make up

Blepharitis Treatment

We use BlephEx treatment to remove this hardened debris and bacteria, causing the inflammation and blockages of the glands around the eyelids. This allows essential oils, that keep the eye lubricated and quality tears to flow. 

It is a simple procedure which will take approximately 40 minutes, involving consultation, treatment and aftercare advice. 

The actual procedure involves a warm compress over the eyelids followed by exfoliation of the eyelids using the handheld BlephEx device.

Following the procedure, you may experience minor redness which will subside shortly after the treatment, leaving you with cleaner and more comfortable eyes.

This is a private service and a fee will apply.


We will recommend an individualised aftercare plan to maximise the results of the BlephEx treatment. This may involve the use of lid wipes, tear supplements, dietary supplements and hot compresses. 

We usually follow up the initial treatment 4-8 weeks later, to ensure the maintenance of your eye health.

Need Help With Blepharitis?

If you think you have Blepharitis book in with our optometrists for diagnosis and treatment.

This is part of our advanced eye care service and private fees will apply. Please contact us for more information.

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