Blepharitis is a common eye condition that affects lashes and the lid margins. It causes the lid area to become red and inflammed. The lid margin and lashes may become irritable and itchy due to flakes on the lashes and 'plugs' that block eyelid glands. Treatment involves warm compresses (to loosen debris) combined with lid wipes (to remove debris) Flaxseed helps glands in the eyelids produce better quality oils. In severe cases, specific oral antibiotics are required.