Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a common, chronic inflammation of the eyelid. There is often a sandy or itchy feeling of the eyes, especially in the morning. There is usually a redness, as well as inflammation of the eyelid with scaling, deposits or discharge.

It is important to note that treatment can often take up to a month, may be ongoing  and require occasional follow up.

The most common treatment is the use of antibiotic ointment and daily cleaning of the eyelids (with baby shampoo). To do this, first dilute a few drops of baby shampoo into a small bowl of warm to hot water, then with a cotton bud gently wash and wipe the eyelids. This should be done once at night and once in the morning.

Once the lids have been washed and allowed to dry, apply the antibiotic ointment following the instructions given.

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