Blepharitis is one of the most common eye disorders in the UK, accounting for an
estimated 1 in 20 eye problems seen by GPs. It is more common in people over 40.
Blepharitis refers to inflammation of the eyelids. Oils and other products normally
secreted by the eye and eyelids build up on the lid surface and eyelashes resulting
in eye irritation and often redness.
The typical symptoms of blepharitis are:
foreign body sensations
crusty debris (in the lashes, in the corner of the eyes or on the lids)
According to the Eyecare Trust about 20 percent of people in the UK suffer from dry
eye, rising to 50 percent in those over 65.
Dry eye syndrome is a common condition that occurs when the eyes do not make enough
tears or the tears evaporate too quickly.
This leads to the eyes drying out and becoming inflamed and irritated.
The symptoms of dry eye usually include:
feelings of dryness
grittiness or soreness that get worse throughout the day
eyelids that stick together when you wake up
temporarily blurred vision, which usually improves when you blink
All our staff have received specialist training in the treatment and management of
blepharitis and dry eye. In our blepharitis and dry eye clinics:
Our Optometrist will examine the front of your eyes and your eyelids, and assess
your tears in order to diagnose the exact cause of your symptoms.
We can then determine your individual treatment plan to alleviate your symptoms and
ensure that you know exactly how to manage your condition with a bespoke care plan.
One of our Ocular Hygienists will maintain regular contact to monitor progress and
provide ongoing support and advice.