Blepharitis is one of the most common eye problems. It is an inflammation of the eyelids which is characterized by redness of the eye and sticky, matted together eyelashes. Blepharitis can lead to severe itching of the eyelids especially when it has fully resulted in inflammation of the base of the eyelashes.
From medical research, Blepharitis is traceable to bacterial overgrowth or from a skin condition such as dandruff. Blepharitis can be of two forms, which are anterior blepharitis and posterior blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis is characterized by infection/overgrowth of bacteria of the eyelid and eyelashes, while posterior blepharitis is characterized by blocking and inflammation of the meibomian glands in the eyelids. Blepharitis is an eye disease attributed to a lot of different causes, and it has many different symptoms.
From medical research, the main cause of blepharitis is yet to be clearly established but it’s traceable to the following factors:
Bacteria: It is believed that blepharitis is a result of bacterial infection/overgrowth of bacteria on the eyelid. Researchers believe that most blepharitis cases can be attributed to bacteria. This would result in eyelid inflammation and stickiness of your eyelashes.
Congested oil glands in the eyelids: This is another traceable cause of blepharitis. When there is congestion of oil glands at the base of your eyelashes (meibomian glands), this can lead to blepharitis.
Seborrheic dermatitis: Blepharitis is also due to too much oil production, resulting in the growth of dandruff on the eyelids and lashes. This can lead to severe itching.
Allergies: This is the body's reaction to medication, environment, or food intake. Some people experience blepharitis as sign of allergy.
Blepharitis has quite a number of symptoms, some of which are glaring while some are hidden. Blepharitis symptoms range from eyelid irritation, eyelid itching, and eyelid redness to burning or red eyes. It is also a large contributing factor to dry eye disease.
Is There A Treatment for Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is treatable, although NOT curable. There are several medical ways to treat and prevent blepharitis. Note that it is important that you seek advice from an eye doctor before proceeding with the treatment of your eyes.
Here are the best and most effective ways to remedy blepharitis that I use in my clinic.
In my clinic, we try to use natural, non-antibiotic treatment choices before prescribing an antibiotic, although we see many doctors prescribing antibiotics for this condition. Blepharitis treatment must be done daily in order to reduce symptoms, which is why we recommend making eyelid hygiene a part of your daily routine!
The first eyelid hygiene product that we recommend is a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser. The first to the market was prescription strength Avenova, which we used in our clinic for a few years with great success. This is prescription only, which makes it more expensive and harder for patients to purchase.
Over-the-counter Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser was released in June 2017 and we switched all our patients over to this due to the effectiveness of it, as well as the affordability and the ease of being able to purchase it online. Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser is manufactured from fully organic materials to fight bacteria on your skin.
Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser also offers easy application. Simply clean the eyelids of any debris or makeup and spray it onto your closed eyelids. Then gently rub the sprayed cleanser into the upper and lower eyelid and eyelash margin. Simply let it dry after that.
Repeat this same procedure in the morning and evening for a couple of days and you’ll start seeing changes. We recommend you begin using this cleanser every time you brush your teeth!
Warm compresses can help break up sticky matting of your eyelashes caused from anterior blepharitis, as well as help with posterior blepharitis (meibomian glands) by heating up the compacted oil in the meibomian glands. This will help provide symptom relief from dry, irritated eyes.
Below is a step-by-step guideline to using a warm compress for blepharitis relief:
Place the warm compress on your closed eyelids and eyelashes.
Allow to sit for 10-20 minutes.
Remove the warm compress and gently massage the eyelids.
Repeat this same procedure in the morning and evening, daily, for best results.
Your eyelid has some of the most delicate skin of the human body and it deserves maximum attention and care whenever there is an issue with it. Blepharitis is a very common eye disease that presents with eye redness, inflammation, and itchy eyelids.
Blepharitis is caused by bacteria the majority of the time, but this bacteria can be reduced and maintained using a disciplined eyelid cleansing regimen with a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser twice daily. Before starting any blepharitis treatment, visit an eye doctor to confirm that you’re suffering from blepharitis. Upon confirmation, consider the remedies provided for you in this article.