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Blepharitis: Understanding and Tackling Eyelid Inflammation

Blepharitis is a common but often overlooked eye condition, and can be a source of discomfort and irritation. Let’s explore what blepharitis is, its symptoms, and the importance of lid hygiene in managing it.

What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, particularly at the base of the eyelashes. 

Symptoms to Watch For

As summarized by Medical News Today, "The most obvious signs of blepharitis are redness and stickiness of the eyelid, with clumping of scaly skin around the base of the eyelashes." Patients often experience itchy eyelids, red and irritated eyes, a gritty feeling as if something is in the eye, and increased sensitivity to light, particularly in the mornings.

Effective Management and Treatment

While blepharitis cannot be cured, its symptoms can be successfully managed with proper care. Here are some key strategies:

1. Warm Compresses:

A simple, yet effective start is the use of warm compresses. This method helps to loosen crust and debris. Remember to use a soft cloth and warm water, reheating the compress when it cools, and applying it for up to 10 minutes.

2. Eyelid Massage:

Post warm compress, massaging the eyelids can help express the oily contents of the glands, using small circular motions with a finger or cotton swab.

3. Eyelid Cleansing:

Gently rubbing the eyelid margins with a cotton swab soaked in a dilute solution of baby shampoo (2-3 drops in half a cup of warm water) can be incorporated as a part of your regular routine, twice daily, to prevent symptoms from recurring. We also suggest the use of OTC products like Ocusoft lid scrubs for daily cleaning.

4. Artificial Tears:

For those experiencing dryness due to blepharitis, over-the-counter artificial tears can provide relief.

5. Avoidance of Eye Makeup:

If you have blepharitis, it's advisable to avoid eye cosmetics like eyeliner and mascara, as these can aggravate symptoms.

6. Professional Treatments:

In some cases, treatments like electrochemical lid margin debridement (BlephEx), Thermal pulsation (Lipiflow), or intense pulsed light therapy (IPL) might be recommended by a doctor.


Blepharitis, while persistent, doesn't have to dominate your life. With careful and consistent management, you can significantly reduce its impact. If you're experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned, I encourage you to reach out. Together, we can tailor a management plan that works best for you.

This blog is for educational purposes. For specific medical advice, please consult a healthcare professional.

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