What causes Blepharitis (inflammation of eyelids) and how you can prevent it?
Blepharitis is a kind of inflammation occurring on the eyelids and it is the most commonly found case of dry eye. The disease is normally caused by the eyelid part where the growth of eyelid starts. It can affect both eyelids. When the tiny sized oil glands found near to the base of the eyelash get clogged the disease forms leading to red and irritated eyes. This is a disease which is chronic and difficult to treat, it can be unsightly and uncomfortable however permanent damage to the eyesight is ruled out and it certainly does not pass on to others.
- Blocked oil glands on the eyelid
- Excessive growth of bacteria found normally on human skin
- Hormonal imbalance
Symptoms of Blepharitis
When you develop the disease your eyelids will feel itchy, swollen and become red and your eyelashes will feel heavy and look scaly. You will feel that there is something lodged in your eye and will also experience burning sensation in the eyes. Eyes will become sensitive to light and eyelids will become swollen and red. You may also experience dry eyes, blurry vision, and crusty eyelashes when contracted by the disease.
How can you treat Blepharitis?
The eye disease has no cure but it can be controlled by treatment. All you need to do is to keep your eyelids in hygienic condition failing which it can result in permanent injury or scar. The following steps can keep your eyes clean and keep you focused on your eye care.
- Take a clean piece of cloth and wet it with warm water.
- Wring the water out and keep the cloth on your eyelids for about 5 minutes.
- Repeat the act and if necessary we the cloth again to keep it warm
- This treatment will soften and loosen the crusts and oily debris.
You can also do the following with your doctor’s advice
- Take half baby shampoo, half water or mild soap in place of shampoo and make a solution out of them. Wrap the cloth on your index finger and dip it in the solution then use it to clean your eyelids.
- While cleaning keep your eyes closed and wash one eyelid at a time. Applying light pressure, rub the cloth on the eyelids and edges for 30 seconds to dislodge the oil clog and squeeze the oil from glands that are located behind the lashes.
- Use a wet and warm washcloth to thoroughly rinse the eyelids and dry them by patting.
Your doctor may prescribe a testosterone cream for applying on the eyelids and may also suggest the procedure of LipiFlow. The procedure lasting 12 minutes will squeeze out the oils by gently heating and pressurizing them.
You can prevent Blepharitis from occurring and it is easy. All you have to do is to keep eye level of hygiene and avoid putting makeup etc if you are already with the disease. Prohibit the use of eyeliner and remove makeup before you go to sleep.