What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis causes red, swollen and itchy eyelids. It can normally be treated by washing your eyelids every day. The condition is not usually serious, but can lead to other problems, such as dry eyes, cysts and conjunctivitis, especially if it’s not treated.

Check if you have blepharitis

Blepharitis symptoms often come and go.

Symptoms of blepharitis include:

  • sore eyelids
  • itchy eyes
  • a gritty feeling in the eyes
  • flakes or crusts around the roots of the eyelashes
  • red eyes or eyelids
  • eyelids sticking together in the morning when you wake up
Eye clinic

Use of latest technology to assess your eyes with Ophthalmic Advanced Solutions AOS.

We are working with this technology.

We had always wanted to use the mobile app to give it to patients, either to send images to our Pharmacists, or to track their own conditions themselves. We can send you a link and you can upload pictures of your eyes from your mobile phone on an APP we send you access to.

 

Things you can do to treat and prevent blepharitis

Do

  • clean your eyelids by using a facial sauna for 2 minutes twice daily and use specially formulated wipes
  • this is a long term chronic condition and you will need to continue cleansing for life

Don’t

  • do not wear contact lenses while you have symptoms
  • do not use eye makeup, especially eyeliner, while you have symptoms

Ask our pharmacist how to treat blepharitis

A pharmacist might suggest things to help keep your eyelids clean, including:

  • eye pads and wipes.We stock Blephaclean wipes which are very effective at supporting your ongoing cleansing routine
  • eyedrops.We. stock Thea Thealuz which are excellent at supporting your tear film lied layer and give you daily comfort from the dry eyes associated with Blepharitis.

 

What causes blepharitis?

Blepharitis can be caused by:

  • a type of bacteria that lives on the skin
  • a skin condition, such as atopic dermatitis

Blepharitis cannot be spread to other people.

Our Pharmacists can prescribe you the antibiotic eye ointment if needed and refer you to a GP if the condition worsens despite all of the above treatment.

Whilst they have similarities and can sometimes be linked, dry eye syndrome and blepharitis are two separate eye conditions.

They are both common and easily treatable, but can cause irritation and suffering to those experiencing them.

We work closely with our Optometrists and will refer you to get a full examination if we believe you re suffering with Blepharitis of Dry eyes.

Dry eye syndrome has several symptoms, including dryness, itchiness, redness and swelling, or even overly watery eyes despite what the name might suggest!

‘Dry eye’ can be caused by a number of different factors, such as wearing contact lenses or being in a warm or dry environment. Air conditioning can contribute significantly to these symptoms. Another common cause is blepharitis, which is where the edge of your eyelids become red and swollen. This in turn can make your eyelids sticky and your eyelashes crusty or greasy. Blepharitis accounts for approximately one in twenty of all eye problems reported to GPs.

Treatment of both of these conditions is usually straightforward, and whilst neither is usually cured they can in most cases be fully managed. If you experience any of the symptoms described here and you believed you are suffering from dry eye or blepharitis, make an appointment to see us as soon as you can. We will do all we can to have you seeing clearly and without irritation as quickly as we can.