It is a quite common condition that means inflammation of the eyelids and causes mostly eye redness and burning.

Its origin is a chronic inflammation at the base of the eyelashes, which results in the production of dandruff like flakes and inflammation of the oil glands located below the eyelashes.

Symptoms and Signs

These are mainly irritation, infection, loss of eyelashes, recurrent eyelid swelling and styes. Burning eyes are usually worse in the morning, and sometimes eyelids are matted shut.


There is no permanent cure for this chronic condition. Over the counter products can help to improve the situation and temporal symptoms, but an eye examination by an optometrist is the best way to determine what is needed. Not only warm compresses, eyelid wipes or artificial tears are used, sometimes steroid eye drops or even oral medications may be necessary.