Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids caused by the accumulation of bacteria on the edges of the eyelids, and is common in people with oily skin or dandruff.
The symptoms of blepharitis are: inflammation, redness, burning, pain, itching and crusting of the eyelashes.
Unfortunately, blepharitis is a recurring problem that has no cure, so its treatment must be permanent.
Treatment consists of:
- Eyelash cleaning 2-3 times a day for about 30 seconds. This process must be done delicately so as not to damage the eyelashes. You should use tear-free shampoo (Baby Johnson & Johnson), diluted in water, and gently wash the base of the eyelashes from top to bottom, so that the crusts and dirt come off, rinse and dry following the same movement from top to bottom. This has to be done every day, when you wake up and before you go to sleep.
- Apply warm-hot water compresses 2 times a day for 5-10 minutes.
- The use of eye drops/ointments such as antibiotics and lubricants are also part of the treatment, although not permanently and should be recommended only by an ophthalmologist.
Good hygiene in the eyelids and eyelashes is important to avoid a toxic environment due to the accumulation of oil and bacteria that can impair their proper functioning.
If you have blepharitis, don’t wear contact lenses.