Which physical findings are characteristic of anterior blepharitis?

Updated: Jul 31, 2018
  • Author: Bobak Zonnoor , MD; Chief Editor: Gil Z Shlamovitz, MD, FACEP  more...
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Signs of anterior blepharitis include the following:

  • Crusting at the base of the lash (known as scurf or collarettes), erythema of lid

  • Usually, no discharge

  • Poliosis, or depigmentation of the lash, may occur [22]

  • If associated with ocular rosacea, telangiectatic vessels may be noted on the lid margins and cheeks [52]

  • In chronic cases, ulceration of the lid, lid notching (tylosis), thinning of eyelashes (madarosis), or misdirection of the eyelashes (trichiasis) may be noted [27]

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