Blepharitis Associated with Chronic Diseases
Blepharitis More Likely to Have Certain Inflammatory Diseases, Psychological Issues, Cardiovascular Diseases and More
According to recent research, several eye and systemic problems are more common among people with chronic blepharitis, but the reasons aren't always clear.
Researchers in Israel examined records of 16,706 people diagnosed with blepharitis in the Central District of Clalit Health Services during 2000-2009, plus an equal number of randomly selected age- and gender-matched people for the control group.
Ashkenazi Jews, people who were poorer and people who lived in urban centers were more likely to develop blepharitis than the rest of the population.
Also associated with blepharitis was the presence of certain inflammatory diseases (such as gastritis and asthma), psychological problems (such as anxiety and depression), hypothyroidism, cardiovascular diseases and certain eye conditions (chalazion and pterygium- surfer's eye)
Most associated with blepharitis were chalazia, rosacea, pterygia, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, anxiety and gastritis.
A study report appeared in the June 2011 issue of the journal Ophthalmology.
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