What is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis or chronic inflammation of the eyelid is a very common and distressing condition. The symptoms can be mild and consist simply of a gritty sensation and sore eyelids (the most common type). Or, it may be more severe and cause deformity of the eyelids resulting in the eyelashes growing inwards.
Blepharitis is commonly associated with dry skin e.g. eczema and psoriasis. Styes on the eyelids are much more common if blepharitis is present.
Can it be cured?
It is not possible to cure blepharitis, however, symptoms can be alleviated by a number of mechanical and medical means. The aim of treatment is to:
- Keep eyelids clean – bathing to remove crusts and scales is important.
- Treat the infection – antibiotic ointment to eyelid area to prevent secondary infection
- Replace tears – artificial tears may be needed to treat the dry eyes that commonly present.
Bathing the Eyelids
Try the simple procedure of bathing the eyelids. If sore eyes or a gritty feeling persists after regular bathing, it is important to consult your doctor. Ointment or artificial tears may be required to alleviate the symptoms.
How to bathe the eyelids
- Wash your hands.
- Close both eyes, apply warm compresses to the eyes – 2 minutes.
- Eyelid massage (gentle).
- Use Johnson Baby Shampoo: 5 drops of shampoo in half a cup of boiled water.