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Blepharitis

Blepharitis 

There are two kinds of blepharitis: Anterior and Posterior. The anterior type affects primarily the lashes and the skin of the eyelids. The posterior type affects the part of the lid that is in contact with the front surface of the eye (the cornea). Sometimes a patient will have a combination of these two. Treatment of blepharitis will depend on the type you have.

 Lid Scrubs

Lid Scrubs are most effective for anterior blepharitis. Of utmost importance in the treatment of anterior blepharitis is keeping the eyelids as clean as possible. An easy way to do this is with lid scrubs. Commercially prepared scrubs are readily available in pharmacies as an over the counter product. These are great when traveling, but for home use, a much less expensive and equally effective option is available. Use a moist washcloth with 3 or 4 drops of baby shampoo instead of the more expensive ready-made cleansing pads. With either, you simply close your eyes and scrub your lashes back and forth just like you would if you were rubbing your eyes for an itch.

Warm Compresses

Warm compresses are a great way to treat posterior blepharitis. Not only is it extremely relaxing, but the heat softens the oils within the glands allowing them to flow as they should. It is also advisable to massage your glands after using the hot compresses to “milk” the oils out thus unblocking the glands. A minimum of 10 minutes is required to adequately soften the oils. To keep the washcloth warm, you can either wrap it around a chemical hand warmer (you can find them at sporting goods stores) or around a clean sock that has been filled with dry, raw rice and placed it in a microwave for 30 - 45 seconds.

Some cases of blepharitis may require more complex treatment plans. Blepharitis seldom disappears completely. Even with successful treatment, relapses may occur.

Oral Medications

Lids scrubs and Warm compresses may note be enough. Oral Medications maybe the next step in fighting off continuous Blepharitis. If this is the case contact your local Eye Doctor for more information on what will work best for you.