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Blepharitis

Eyesight Problems: Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a mild, bacterial infection of the lids. It must be treated or it will not go away.

What causes it?

It may be associated with some scalp conditions, such as very dry or oily skin and dandruff.

What does it look like?

  • Eyelid edges are red
  • Whitish scales may stick to the roots of eyelashes
  • Eyes may be burning, sore or itchy

How can I make it better?

The treatment has three steps:

Bathing the eyelids

Hold a face flannel soaked in warm mild shampoo solution against the eyelids. The warmth helps the oils in the glands of the eyelids to start flowing freely again. The warmer the water the better, but be careful it is not too hot. Baby shampoo is good, however, if the infection has been present for some time, then use an anti-dandruff shampoo.

Swabbing the lid margins

Dip a cotton bud into the mild shampoo solution. Gently wipe along the strip between the eyelashes and the white part of the eye. This should be done to both the upper and lower lids. This part of the treatment is very important, because it removes the dead bacteria.

Using brolene eye ointment

Smear brolene ointment onto the eyelashes and put a small drop of the ointment into the eye. The ointment will kill off any remaining bacteria. Without the first steps of bathing and swabbing, the ointment will have no good effect. This is because the dead bacteria will soak up the ointment and leave the live bacteria unaffected. Brolene eye ointment can be purchased at a chemist without a prescription.

It is possible to use brolene drops in the morning instead of ointment.

What happens next?

Continue the treatment twice a day at first, then less as it starts to get better. Treatment of this condition is a long-term matter.

You may not see any improvement for several weeks.

If the condition persists you should consult your GP.

 
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