Blepharitis is an eyelid inflammation which is rather common and associated with eye infection from bacteria as well as dry eyes and some types of skin conditions like acne rosacea.
There are 2 basic types of blepharitis:
Anterior blepharitis affects the outside of the eyelid’s front which is the position where eyelashes are attached.
Posterior blepharitis is related to the dysfunction of meibomian glands in the eyelids which is in charge of secreting oil for lubricating eyes.
Also it’s not rare to get both anterior and posterior types of blepharitis together at the same time but different in term severity degrees.
Even though it is common for eye doctors to diagnose blepharitis, it is rather hard to locate a permanent way in order to relief the symptoms such as redness, itchiness, irritation, tearing, crusting, flaking and burning in the eyelid margins as well as the sensation of having a foreign body.
In case of chronic blepharitis, the doctor will often recommend a continuous procedure of eyelid hygiene which might include some OTC lid scrubs together with some suggested cleansing agents. The hygiene for your eyelids is considered the cornerstone of the whole treatment for majority of blepharitis cases.
Together with the procedure for maintaining eyelid hygiene, the related symptoms as well as severity of blepharitis might need some other supplemental treatments as well as oral and topical medications.
For posterior blepharitis, nutritional supplementation are recommended such as omega-3 fatty acids, for example, flaxseed oil in order to improve the healthy function of meibomian glands which are responsible for lubricating eyelids and eyes.
Blepharitis is difficult to regulate due to its chronic characteristic which mean it might never be remove completely. The doctor might suggest few steps about practicing good hygiene and massage your eyelids.
- Put a warm compress like a washcloth onto the outer eyelids.
- Have the eyelids cleansed using a commercial lid scrub or some other suggested products.
- Then massage the eyelids gently.
Warm compress will help loosen the crust on eyelashes and eyelids before cleansing. Also the warmth might help break down any blocked residue from the meibomian glands within the eyelids.
In order to use the warm compress:
- You need to wash your hands first, then use warm water to dampen a clean cloth.
- Put the washcloth onto the closed eyes for few minutes.
- Then open the eyes, gently rub around using circular motion on the outer eyelids with your fingers. Remember not to press overly hard the eyeball.
- Practice according to the recommendation of the doctor on how often and how long the warm compress should be used.
For the first treatment, the doctor might ask you to practice couple times and about 5 minutes each time. After that, you can use the compress for once every day and in just few minutes.
Another essential practice in the treatment of blepharitis is cleaning eyelids. The doctor will suggest the cleaning agents for treating like using warm water only or maybe with some diluted baby shampoo or some kinds of special OTC product which are used specifically for cleansing eyelids.
In order to clean the eyelids properly:
You need to wash the hands carefully, then use either a gauze pad, cotton swab or clean cloth to dip in the cleaning solution.
Then you need to squeeze well to get rid of any excess moisture.
Use it wipe across the lid margin and lashes gently.
After that, rinse again using cool water.
Practice the process again for the other eye, but remember to use another new pad, or swab or cloth.
At first, you will be suggested to have your lids cleaned few time every day, then reduce to once every day later.
Overall, blepharitis is a common condition which might need long-term treatment. It might be hard to find a method on how to get rid of blepharitis; however, you can control and keep it away with proper hygienic practice.
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