Understanding Blepharitis & How To Relieve Dry Eyes
Blepharitis is a funny term for that crustiness we often feel on our eyelids in the morning. “Sleepies”, as my mother always called them. The presence of this disorder is directly related to a malfunction in the meibomian glands. For most people, it begins with inflammation localized around the eyelids. Some patients get blepharitis as a result of an eye infection. Bacteria can often dry the eyes out when grouped with an infection.
But there are two fundamental areas to consider when diagnosed with blepharitis. The disease consists of anterior blepharitis and posterior blepharitis. The words anterior and posterior in the medical world acknowledge either the front (outer) or back (inner) portion of the eyelid margin. In anterior blepharitis, treatment is needed on the outside portion of the eyes. This is often directly on the area where eyelashes grow on the eyelids.
In posterior blepharitis, function within the eye is disrupted as the meibomian glands are kept from releasing the natural oils and fluids that keep the eyes lubricated. Just be aware of certain symptoms as some conditions become difficult to treat. They consist of crusting, burning, and redness of the eyelids and can involve itching or flaking. Yuck!
Common Treatments on the Market
The first step for anyone experiencing the symptoms listed above is finding an eye doctor. The first attempts at treatment are likely to consist of general steps to improve hygiene of the eyelids. This is not only important for localizing the cause, it also enables patients to trace the nature of their problems by being more aware through eye care.
We recommend using the Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser. For most blepharitis patients, these steps are a usually go-to. Part of this treatment process may include oral treatments to be ingested. Other options include topical creams that help to soothe and ease discomfort.
Best Practices for Relieving Blepharitis
Most who experience blepharitis do so on a chronic level. This means that symptoms come often for the rest of a person's life. That's why treatment is so important and why the first steps most take with their doctors are practicing hygiene. A perfect addition to the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser is the use of a warm compress.
This is perfect for breaking down flaky skin around the eyes and loosening up the meibomian gland oils. Then you take your Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser to wash the eyelids with. After taking these steps, it helps to then massage the eyelids and to release stress in that area. Think of it like a Home Spa Therapy every day! No matter what measures you pursue, finding a competent physician must be among the actions you take. Avoid prolonged discomfort and get healing results fast!
Dr. Jenna Zigler
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