To start treatment for Blepharitis, you will first need to visit one of the eye doctors at Fusion Eye Care. They will be able to determine the cause of your eyelid inflammation. During an examination of the eye and eyelid, they will be able to determine if you have blepharitis and the type of blepharitis treatment that will be the most appropriate.
There are a number of different treatments available with the first being an eyelid scrub. This will involve gently scrubbing your eyelids to remove the biofilm and excess bacteria from the lid margins. Your doctor will generally recommend a daily regime consisting of warm compresses as well as lid scrubs which will reduce the bacteria and Demodex mites on the lids. The cleaning agents could include a prescribed eyelid cleaner or a non-prescription cleaning pad.
There are also in-office procedures which your doctor could complete. These in-office procedures are actually a more effective treatment than the at home eyelid scrubs. Some of the most common treatments will include:
- Electromechanical lid margin debridement which effectively removes the biofilm, bacteria, and motes from the eyelids and opens your clogged glands.
- Thermal pulsation treatment which melts and expresses the materials which have caused the obstruction of the meibomian glands.
- Intense pulsed light therapy which will open the clogged glands and enable the normal flow of oils to the tear film.
Another treatment will be medicated eye drops and ointments. These will be prescribed by the doctor as a topical treatment to destroy the bacteria and other microbes on the eyelid. This is generally used when there is a risk of eye infection or it appears that pink eye or other infections have already been caused alongside the blepharitis.
Eyelid Hygiene Tips
When it comes to treating and controlling blepharitis, eyelid hygiene is very important. However, this will only be helpful when it is completed correctly. To start your eyelid hygiene routine you will need to use a warm and clean compress to melt any of the residue blocking the meibomian glands in the eyelid.
To do this, you will first need to wash your hands and then moisten a clean washcloth with some warm water. The water should be nearly hot when you apply it to the cloth. The cloth should then be placed over your closed eyes for several minutes. You will then have to gently rub your lid margin with the cloth before you open your eyes. It is very important that you not press hard on the eye at this point.
You should follow any recommendations provided by your doctor regarding how often you should be using a warm compress as well as how long it should be held in place. When you first start doing this, you will generally be told to do this a number of times per day for 5 minutes at a time. As the days progress, you will only need to apply the compress once per day.
Cleaning Your Eyelids
The next essential step that you have to take is to clean your eyelids. Your doctor will generally recommend a cleaning agent with the options including water, an over the counter cleanser or a prescription cleanser. Again, you will need to wash your hands before you start cleaning your eyelids.
You should then moisten a clean cloth, gauze pad or cotton swab with the cleanser. You can then gently wipe the eyelashes and the lid margin. After this, you will need to rinse with warm water and repeat the process with the other eye. When you move to the other eye, you need to use a different cloth, swab or gauze.
You will need to do this several times a day to start and move to once a day over time. It is also recommended that you minimize eye makeup because mascara will interfere with eyelid hygiene.
How To Stop Blepharitis From Coming Back
Blepharitis is actually a chronic condition which means that it is a recurring problem. The best way to stop it from coming back is to clean your eyelids every day. There are a number of non-prescription lid scrubs which can be used to maintain eyelid hygiene.
If You Wear Glasses Or Contacts
If you develop this ailment while wearing contact lenses, you need to stop wearing them until the condition has been treated. Wearing them while your eyelids are inflamed will result in bacteria sticking to the lens and entering the eye. This can cause pink eye and other serious eye diseases.
If you do not have a pair of backup glasses, you need to purchase them and get photochromic lenses. They will darken automatically in sunlight and become lighter when indoors.