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Blepharitis in patients' eyelids: a discussion for nursing care

02 February 2024
Volume 29 · Issue 2


Blepharitis affects the ocular surface and is characterised by symptoms such as inflammation of the eyelashes, redness of the eyelid margins and itchiness. This article aims to create an awareness of this disease among community nurses by explaining its potential consequences to a person's physical and psychosocial wellbeing. Suggestions are made for its care and intervention.

Blepharitis is widely described as a disorder of the eyelids. It is an ocular surface disease characterised by inflammation of the eyelashes, redness of the eyelid margins and crusty eyelashes, as well as symptoms that include itchiness and irritation (Batterbury and Murphy, 2018; Vernhardsdottir et al, 2022). Homeostasis of the eyelids are an essential aspect of promoting the health of the eye and, consequently, a person's wellbeing. Blepharitis is also a risk-factor for postoperative ocular infection called endophthalmitis (Low et al, 2023), which is often a consideration for patients who are on waiting lists for elective procedures.

The aim of this article is to inform community nurses about blepharitis and to explain its potential consequences for a person's physical and psychosocial wellbeing.

Blepharitis affects the anatomy and physiology of the eyelids and its associated structures, such as the eye lashes, eyelids, glands and tear film.

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