Blepharitis

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Blepharitis
Blepharitis is essentially an inflammation of the eyelids.
It is an extremely common and often misunderstood condition. It is often overlooked and un-diagnosed by  doctors, optometrists and ophthalmologists, despite the significant discomfort it can result in for the patient.
However, the good news is that it can be easily managed.
Blepharitis

Crusting associated with Blepharitis

What causes it?
The exact cause of blepharitis is largely unclear. It occurs when your natural oils and other products normally secreted by the eye and eyelids, build up on the lid surface and at the base of the eyelashes. Referred to as Meibomian Gland Dysfunction MGD. It can be associated with a bacterial infection, but not always. Brolene, an over-the-counter antibiotic, recommended frequently by pharmacists, may help but will most likely only be a short term solution. Blepharitis is largely a chronic condition, thus the treatment regime is only beneficial when applied regularly. Patients will generally report the lid scale is most evident in the mornings the dehydration of the lid glands overnight. Lid hygiene at the start of the day brings the best results. Fig (a) shows the typical crusting of the lids when the excretion dry out. A highly effective treatment is the use of heat packs to restore the natural consistence of the lid oils, our most popular heat pack is the EyeBag
How do I know if I have blepharitis?
Some of the main symptoms of blepharitis are:
– Itchy Eyelids
– Burning sensation
– Red or swollen eyelids
– Crusty debris from eyelids
– Sensitivity to light
– Loss of Eyelashes
If you experience any of these symptoms you may have blepharitis, however it is important to have an examination to confirm this. Research shows 80% of people with blepharitis have issues with dry eyes, so we devised this evidence based, 5 step treatment plan.
Dr-_Eye_treatment

Dry eye treatment plan

Targeting Blepharitis
At OpticalRooms, we have great success with the blepharitis, product range from Thea Pharmaceuticals. The three main products they supply are:
Blephaclean wipes

Blephaclean Wipes

Blephaclean Wipes: These cleansing wipes are preservative and perfume free, suitable for sensitive skin as well as contact lens wearers. They act as an anti-bacterial and have a mild anti-inflammatory action, as well as containing agents which help to repair, moisturize and soothe the eyelids. We recommend these as the first line of treatment due to their anti-inflammatory properties.


Blephaclean Wipes



Blephasol: This is a cleansing solution which can be applied to the lids using a smooth cotton pad, usually on a long term on a daily basis. Just like the wipes, they are preservative and perfume free, but they do not contain the anti-inflammatory agent. This makes the solution our second line of treatment, as an upkeep for chronic blepharitis, It is also a little more economical than the wipes for long term use.

Blephasol

Blephasol lid cleanser


Blephasol



Blephagel: This is a soothing gel in a pump dispenser. Again, this product is suitable for sensitive skin. It can be applied to the lids and left on over night, or it can be rinsed off with water. This product provides a sensation of freshness, and softens and soothes burning eyelids. It is non-greasy, and ideal for those who would like a longer-lasting effect. It appeals to a lot of patients to apply this to the lids at night and wash off in the morning.

Blephagel

Blephagel


Blephasol



Occasionally, following a review of the progress being made, moisturizing drops or a heat pack may need to be added to the treatment regime. It is important to avail of a dry eye/blepharitis assessment, to ensure that you are using the correct products for you. Blepharitis is often something you are prone to and it will flare up needing more treatment than usual and will subside where a low maintenance regime will suffice.
Having an understanding of the condition and finding the right product to treat this condition allows people to self manage this condition relatively easily.
Please call 01-8089013 or email info@opticalrooms.com to book your assessment.
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  1. I have been diagnosed with blepharitis , I am interested in purcha sing a hygiene product…..would you advise to use both the cleansing solution and the gel for the lids which you can leave on overnight o r is one of the products sufficient….my eyelids always red and swell probably once a week….I already have the eye bag……got this condition after my second child….
    Thank you
    Caroline

    • Hi Caroline, we recommend the wet wipes (Blephaclean) initially as they have a mild anti-inflammatory action as well as being an effective lid cleanser. These wipes are best used in the morning as most people have the dehydrated lid scale in the mornings predominantly. Once you have gotten a result you can switch to either the solution / Blephasol, or the Blephagel and use regularly to stay on top of it. They are equally as effective so it is a personal choice.
      Hope this helps.

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