Blepharitis is a very common problem causing gritty
burning eyes and itching of the eyelash margins. The eyelids can be stuck
together in the morning. Blepharitis is basically dandruff in the eyelashes
which can wax and wane with time.
When systematic, the patient must scrub the eyelid margins, where the lashes
enter the lid with baby shampoo and water (50/50) or a product called "Lid
Care" which can be bought over the counter at pharmacies. This should be
done nightly before going to bed. Artificial tears can be used during the
day. Adjuncts to the treatment include; scrubbing the lid margins with
erythromycin ointment after the lid care has been applied; and an oral
course of doxycycline antibiotic.
Here is more information on blepharitis in an audiovisual format.