Eye Health: Blepharitis

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is a very common inflammatory condition affecting the edge of the eyelids and lashes. Regular treatment may be required over several weeks before it is
effective and even then, the condition can come back.

Symptoms of Blepharitis include:

  • Red, inflamed eyelids
  • Crusting around the eyelashes
  • Itching and discomfort

Treatment of Blepharitis:

1: If you are wearing it, thoroughly remove all eye make up.

2: Warm compresses.
Get a clean flannel or an eye pad, soak it in hot tap water (as hot as is comfortable for you) and wring it out. Apply this as a hot compress to the eyelids for about ten minutes, morning and evening. This softens the debris/ crusts and allows oil to flow out of the glands and onto the eyelids. Alternatively, a microwavable eye pad can be used.

3: Lid Scrubs.
Use lid wipes such as Supranettes, Blephaclean wipes or Blephasol solution on a cotton pad. Moisten the lashes, then firmly wipe the eyelids and lashes to remove the debris between the lashes. Wipe five times per eye.

Or:

Place a few drops of ‘No tears’ Baby shampoo into a small amount of boiled water and make
sure it is all dissolved. Allow this to cool. Then, dip a cotton wool pad into the solution and rub the base of the eyelashes quite firmly to remove any crustiness. Use a new cotton wool pad for each eye. Repeat this every morning and evening, unless your optometrist advises you to do it more or less often.

A maintenance treatment of at least once a day will usually be required to keep your eyelids
clear of blepharitis.

For any further information, to buy lid wipes or treatment solutions, or to make an appointment with an Optometrist please call in to see us or give us a ring on 029 2054 9563. You can also text us on 07407 465645 or email us at francesca@pbopticians.co.uk.