Pictures of an eye with blepharitis can be found on skinsight.com and MedicineNet.com. Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids, which can vary in severity and resulting symptoms.
There are two kinds of blepharitis - anterior and posterior. Anterior blepharitis affects the front of the eyelid where the eyelashes are attached and can be caused by bacteria, allergies, psoriasis, and scalp dandruff. Posterior blepharitis, inflammation of the inner eyelid, can be caused by allergies and scalp dandruff, as well as acne rosacea and dysfunction of the oil glands in the eye.
Blepharitis can result in dry, itchy, red, crusty, watery or burning eyes, blurry vision, swelling, pain, mucous discharge, and sensitivity to light. A feeling of foreign debris in the eyes may occur, eyelashes may become twisted and may even fall out.
Though blepharitis is a chronic condition and usually does not go away completely, good daily hygiene can lessen symptoms. Cleaning eyelids daily with a gentle cleanser such as baby shampoo and a cotton ball will prevent the build-up of irritants. Cleansing the face and removing any makeup daily will aid in keeping eyelids moist and removing chemicals that could irritate the eyes. Controlling underlying conditions such as diabetes and acne rosacea, which can cause blepharitis, can also lessen the severity of symptoms.