Blepharitis, or dry eye, is an inflammation of the eyelid margins.

Many patients do not display symptoms of eyelid inflammation, but instead experience irritation, foreign body sensation and burning of the eyes. Typically, symptoms are worse in the morning, but can occur at any time of the day.

It is a common condition but harmless to vision.

Dry eye is often characterised by redness, crusting and itching of the eyelid margin. It can be treated with drops that supplement natural tears and make the eye feel more comfortable, lubricating the ocular surface and treating the dry eye symptom. However, eyelid-cleaning techniques are often advised to help keep crusts and inflammation to a minimum.

There are ways you can lessen your symptoms.