Blepharitis is a chronic problem which can last anything from a couple of months to a couple of years. Without correct treatment it can cause serious eye problems in later life. Unfortunately, medics are yet to find a cure or any form of medicinal treatment that can help reduce symptoms. Blepharitis is more common amongst the elderly but can strike at any time.
The main symptoms include:
1. Red rimmed eyelids
2. Sore and gritty eyes.
3. Bloodshot eyes.
4. Sensitive to light
5. Watery Eyes
6. Greasy eye lid appearance
7. Abnormal eyelash growth
These symptoms tend to not improve unless the patient follows a rigorous treatment regime. Blepharitis also required ongoing treatment even once the symptoms have improved or have been eliminated altogether – otherwise a patient will run the risk of it developing again. Not treating blepharitis in the correct manner can result in thickened eyelid margins and scaring of the cornea.
The majority of GP’s in the UK will recommend the standard treatment of baby shampoo for blepharitis. This, however, has been proven to be less effective than other cleansers due to the fact that it leaves residue behind on the eyelid – it can also be quite irritant on the delicate eyelid skin.
Below is our top ten blepharitis treatment tips to help soothe your eyes back to good health:
Tip 1: Avoid harsh cleansing agents, they will only disturb and irritate the eyes further causing more soreness and damage to the skin around the eyelid.
Tip 2: Use PH balanced cleansers twice a day (once in the morning and once at night). Ensure you are gentle, using a circular motion as opposed to scrubbing away at the eyelid.
Tip 3: Use heat to warm up the eyelids and free any blockages in the oil glands.
Tip 4: After using heat to clear any debris and blockages, massage the eyes to get the essential oils to mix with the tear film.
Tip 5: Avoid rubbing or touching your eyes during the day – this will only make your blepharitis worse. If your eyes are feeling particularly gritty, simply wash your eyelids with cold water.
Tip 6: Eat a healthy diet of fresh fish and supplement with Omega 3 which will keep your eyes in good health.
Tip 7: Get at least 7 hours of sleep in a day. This allows the body time to heal and gives your eyes a good rest!
Tip 8: Avoid air condition as this can dry your eyes out and cause further disruption to your tear film.
Tip 9: Even once your blepharitis clears up, continue treatment. Blepharitis requires continually care as it’s a chronic problem.
Tip 10: Smile – Although you may feel like you look a vampire, and can’t face another day looking like you haven’t slept in 5 years – it’s not as noticeable as you think. Remain positive and continue the fight against this pesky problem.