Have you noticed that your eyelid has become slightly swollen, red, and crusty? You may be suffering from a common eye condition known as Blepharitis. This common inflammation of the eyelid is often caused by excess bacteria growth, blockage of the eyelid’s oil glands, and occasionally allergies.
Symptoms of Blepharitis Include:
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurry vision
- Dry eyes
- Excessive Tearing
- Crusty Debris
- Feeling like something is in your eye
- Styes, bumps on the eyelid that are raised and painful to the touch
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your eye doctor at your earliest convenience. While Blepharitis cannot be cured, it can be treated and controlled with simple eyelid hygiene techniques that are easy to learn and follow.
If left untreated, Blepharitis can lead to more serious issues, such as scarring or injury to the eye’s tissue.
- Wet a clean washcloth with very warm water and place it over the closed eyelid for five minutes to help soften the clogged oil glands and loosen crusty debris that has collected on the lashes.
- Using the washcloth, apply a diluted solution of 50% baby shampoo or mild soap to the affected area.
- Use the washcloth with baby shampoo or Ocusoft Lid scrub pads to clean the eyelid margin. You want to scrub from side to side, not up and down. Make sure you get the lid margin (where your lashes are) while being careful not the scratch the eye itself.
- Rinse the affected area with a clean, warm, wet washcloth and pat dry.
- Take your fingertip and ‘roll’ your finger from the cheekbone up to the lid margin, and from the brow down to the lid margin. This should be done multiple times in order to cover the whole margin of both eyes. Please ensure the pressure is firm. Don’t hurt yourself, but don’t be afraid to apply a firm, gentle pressure.
If you are in the early stages of Blepharitis treatment, avoid using eye makeup. This may help prevent further irritation.
To learn more about the Blepharitis, please contact Board Certified Ophthalmologist Dr. Boles, consultative optometrists Dr. Nathan Frank and Dr. Corinne Casey, and the eye care specialists at Anne Arundel Eye Center by calling 410-224-2010 or click here to visit AnneArundelEyeCenter.com. Staffed by caring and knowledgeable professionals, our state-of-the-art treatment center is dedicated to making the best eye care accessible to everyone.
For more eye care advice and information, please take a look at our previous blog posts.