Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common problem. It is also known as “granulated eyelids”. The condition is caused by abnormal functioning of the oil secreting glands in the eyelids. It is often associated with other medical conditions, such as acne rosacea and Parkinson disease. It is commonly associated with Dry Eye Syndrome.

Blepharitis is usually a chronic condition. There are treatments available, however. The mainstay of treatment is eyelid hygiene. This consists of cleaning the eyelashes in the morning with a dilute baby shampoo solution, or by using commercially available disposable pads, such as OCuSoft Lid Scrub Eyelid Cleansers or Systane Lid Wipes. Sometimes, topical or even oral antibiotics are needed for control of blepharitis.

The recipe for baby shampoo solution is:

Put 3 drops of baby shampoo in a cup of warm water. The cup should not be used for drinking purposes, and should be kept clean every day.

Dip a clean cotton ball in the baby shampoo solution, and squeeze out the excess.

With the eyelids closed, gently scrub the eyelashes with the cotton ball.

Finish by gently rinsing the closed eyelids with cool water.

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