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How to cure blepharitis fast

Mr Tariq Ayoub - 6 Dec 2021

Have you got red, itchy eyes? Are they swollen and irritated? You might be experiencing blepharitis. Blepharitis is a common skin infection, also known as eyelid inflammation.

Read on to learn what blepharitis is, what causes it, and how to cure blepharitis fast.


What is blepharitis?

We know blepharitis can be annoying as it is hard to resist itching your eyes, so you’re probably wondering how to cure blepharitis fast. First, you need to make sure it is blepharitis.

To diagnose blepharitis, your eye specialist (ophthalmologist) will need to examine your eyes. They might also do a swab of your skin to test for any allergy or bacteria present.

You might get blepharitis on the outside of your eye (anterior blepharitis) or the inner part of your eyelid (posterior blepharitis). It is also possible to get both types of blepharitis at the same time.

Symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Watery eyes
  • Sticky eyelashes and eyelids
  • Greasy looking eyelids
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Flaky skin around the eyes that might look like dandruff

If you’re experiencing these symptoms, contact your eye specialist for advice.

How important is diagnostics to the final outcome? Mr Tariq Ayoub explains.


What causes blepharitis?

Blepharitis has many causes. You may be experiencing an overgrowth of bacteria on your eyelids which can cause inflammation. Other causes include infections, blocked oil glands, and eyelash mites (Demodex).

Additionally, people with meibomian gland dysfunction may deal with blepharitis as a side effect. Though some doctors believe this is a precursor of the condition rather than something caused by it.

People at risk for blepharitis have:

  • Skin conditions, such as dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis, or rosacea
  • Oily skin
  • Allergies that affect their eyelashes

You are also more likely to experience blepharitis if you are over 50 years of age though it can affect anyone.

Whilst blepharitis is not usually serious if it remains untreated, it can lead to other issues such as a stye or a chalazion, dry eyes, cysts, and conjunctivitis. 

In more severe cases, it can also cause damage to your cornea. So it’s important to get your eyes checked by an eye specialist if you aren’t sure how to treat your eye problems.


How to cure blepharitis fast

Depending on how your blepharitis is affecting you, it can be treated at home or by an eye specialist. 

Home remedies can work wonders for your blepharitis. While blepharitis is not something you can cure, it can be managed when you have a flare-up.

Home remedies include:

  • Putting a warm compress over your eyes – gently
  • Cleaning your eyelids regularly
  • Massaging your eyelid
  • Avoiding eye makeup when you have a flare-up
  • Ceasing contact lens wear 

You should be careful when handling your eyes and always wash your hands first.

If these home remedies don’t work, there are some medications and other treatments you can try. For example, you might need medications (eye drops and/or tablets)  to treat an infection or inflammation causing your blepharitis. You may also need eye drops to lubricate your eyes, though seek professional advice before putting anything in your eye.

The standard treatment for blepharitis is BlephEx™. This treatment acts as a cleaning process for your eyelashes and eyelids by removing bacteria, crusting and debris with a medical-grade sponge.

If your blepharitis is a side effect of meibomian gland dysfunction, you may need meibomian gland expression which is a type of dry eye treatment.


Book an appointment

If you are experiencing the symptoms of blepharitis, book an appointment today to find out what could be causing it.

Mr Tariq Ayoub, our lead eye surgeon, will ask about your medical history and carry out a complete assessment of your eyes to find the best treatment option for you. 

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