What is it?
Blepharitis sounds like a serious eye disorder, but it is really a very common ailment that we often see in here in our offices at Scott & Christie. It is the term for a chronic inflammation of the lower eyelids and eyelashes. Blepharitis symptoms include: redness, swelling, itching, and irritation; causing discomfort for patients, but usually do not affect a patient’s vision.
There are a host of factors that doctors have found that contribute to blepharitis. The most common of these are: minor bacterial infection, poor eyelid health and hygiene, and allergic reactions to external stimulants. Doctors may be able to determine the cause of the inflammation when they examine the eyes themselves.
How do you treat it?
Treatment for blepharitis varies depending on the severity and cause. If doctors believe it has to do with eyelid hygiene or infection, antibiotics may be prescribed. In most cases an eyelid scrub is advised- several times a day if needed. This involves mixing a small amount of baby shampoo and warm water together with a cotton swab and gently cleaning the outer lid and eyelash areas of the eye, rinsing with cool water. It is highly recommended to change swabs per eye. Another treatment option is to take a clean washcloth soaked in warm water and cover the eyes for up to five minutes, several times a day. This helps reduce the redness and irritation in the eyes.
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