What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is common inflammatory disorder which produces a red rimmed appearance to the eyelid edges. It is often chronic and involves both the upper and lower eyelids.

Common symptoms include dandruff –like scales or grainy material sticking to the base of the eyelashes. Eyes may feel burning, sore or itchy and sticky on awakening. The condition cannot necessarily be cured but the symptoms can be controlled with treatment.

Treatment consists of removing all the crusts and debris from the eyelid margins. Lubricating eye drops or ointment may help and antibiotic ointment may be recommended in severe cases.

Follow these instructions:

You can use eyelid cleaning products such as Blephagel, which have a separate cleaning solution with sterile pads or individual pre-moistened wipes such as Blephaclean from the practice.

Apply a warm compress, we use Eyebags, to the closed lids for 10 minutes in the morning and at bedtime.

Following the warm compresses at bedtime, use your chosen solution or product and applicator to gently rub from side to side along the upper eyelids and eyelashes for 15-20 seconds. Pull the lower eyelid away from the eyeball and do the same for the lower eyelid and eyelashes avoiding rubbing against the eyeball. Use a fresh pad or wipe for each eye

If instructed by your optometrist use the recommended eye drops or ointment afterwards

Continue this treatment for two to three weeks or until the problem is controlled. After an initial treatment period you will probably need to continue to use the warm compresses and lid wipes from time to time to keep the condition under control.

Contact Major Opticians if you are concerned about your blepharitis or if your symptoms do not improve.

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