Blepharitis is an extremely common eye problem. It is caused by the inflammation of oil-producing glands at the edge of the eyelids. Though blepharitis is a complex issue, simply stated the glands along the lid margin become blocked with much oil, resulting in an overgrowth of bacteria and chronic swelling of the lid tissue. The lids become red and irritated and accumulate itchy, scaly debris. Blepharitis is often associated with the dermatologic condition, rosacea.
Crusty, reddened, swollen, itching, burning
Blinking causes a sandy feeling
Styes are relatively common
Redness of the eye, i.e., the white area of the eye can become red
Baby shampoo eye lid scrubs
Topical eye drops and ointments
Oral doxycycline or minocycline
Azasite eye drops
Oral supplements (omega 3 oils)
Instructions for Eyelid Scrubs:
Apply warm washcloth to eyelids for several minutes
Warm up cloth again and apply 3 drops baby shampoo
Lather up washcloth vigorously
Gently rub eyelids and eyelashes for several minutes to cleanse the eyelid margins and remove debris
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