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Hey guys! I get asked quite often by patients how they should clean their eyelids to help prevent blepharitis. So here is a complete guide to cleaning your eyelids properly including warm compress, eyelid massage and eyelid cleaning. Let me know how you get on with this and if you have any tips please leave a comment below.
WHAT IS BLEPHARITIS:
Blepharitis means inflammation of the eyelids. It causes the eyes to feel sore and gritty. It can be a troublesome and recurring condition with no one-off cure. However, once symptoms have improved, daily eyelid hygiene can usually keep symptoms to a minimum.
SYMPTOMS OF BLEPHARITIS:
• The main symptom is sore eyelids. Both eyes are usually affected.
• The eyes may feel gritty, itchy or as though they are burning.
• The eyelids may look inflamed or greasy.
• The eyes may become sticky with discharge. In particular, the eyelids may stick together in the morning.
• Sometimes tiny flakes or scales appear on the eyelids, which look like small flakes of dandruff. Crusts may develop at the base of eyelashes.
• One or more of the tiny glands of the eyelids (meibomian glands) may block and fill with an oily fluid.
COMPLICATIONS OF BLEPHARITIS:
In most cases, blepharitis is uncomfortable but not serious or sight-threatening. Complications are uncommon, here are a few but please click the link below for more:
• Stye. This is a painful infected swelling most prominent on the outside of the eyelid. It is due to an infection of the root (follicle) of an eyelash. Contact lens wearers may find their lenses feel uncomfortable when they have a flare-up of blepharitis.
See your GP or an optometrist if you have a very painful stye that isn't getting better. If this happens, the stye may need to be drained.
Changes to the eyelashes (which mainly occur in severe and long-standing cases). These include:
• Loss of eyelashes (madarosis).
• Misdirection of eyelashes towards the eye (trichiasis).
• Loss of the colour of the eyelashes (poliosis).
For more complications and what to do about them please visit:
Cleaning your eyelids to remove the crusts and scales from the eyelid margins and unblock the eyelid glands. To begin with you may need to clean your eyelids twice a day. In the long-term, you will need to clean them at least two or three times a week to prevent blepharitis from returning. Please always wash your hands before and after.
Full detail in video but here is a summary:
The purpose of warmth is to soften the skin and any crusts attached to the eyelids. It also allows the oily secretions made by the meibomian glands to flow more freely, as warmth makes oils more runny. Therefore, warmth helps to unplug any blocked glands and allow the oily secretions to flow more readily. Warmth applied to the eyelids for five to ten minutes is sufficient to do this.
Massage the eyelids immediately after applying the warmth. Massaging helps to push out the oily fluid from the tiny meibomian glands.
Cleaning The Eyelid,
After warmth and massage, clean the eyelids. This can be done by any of the following ways. There is a lack of research studies to say which is the best method, but I prefer the traditional method.
OMEGA 3 AND BLEPHARITIS:
Omega 3 supplements have been shown to reduce the symptoms of blepharitis and eye dryness. They are not available on prescription, but you can buy them from a range of pharmacies and health food shops.
Please leave a comment below and let us know if you have taken Omega 3 and found it helpful.
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This video is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. Abraham The Pharmacist has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Always consult a doctor or other healthcare professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions.
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