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Eyelid Care Blepharitis - Lid hygiene advice for patients.

Blepharitis is not sight threatening, but can be particularly troublesome since it can recur.

There are several different types of blepharitis, all of which are due to inflammation of the eyelid margins, sometimes combined with blockage of the meibomian glands.

These glands open onto the edges of the lids and produce oil, which is an important component of tears.

You can help relieve the irritation by some or all of the following measures, as instructed by your Optician.

These should be performed TWICE daily, followed by instillation of drops and ointment (if prescribed).

Not all patients require medication.

The Optician will instruct you as to which of the following steps and preparations are appropriate for your type of blepharitis.

The regimen described will help to control your condition but it is not a cure.

It will take 4-6 weeks before treatment starts to be effective.

Perseverance is essential.


Hot Compresses

Hold a clean flannel soaked in comfortably hot water against the closed eyelids for 5 minutes (You will need to reheat the flannel in hot water as necessary when it cools).
This melts the oils in the blocked glands.
NEVER share flannels with others.

Lid Massage

Using a finger or cotton bud firmly stroke the skin of the lids towards the lashes, i.e. downwards for the top lid and upward for the bottom lid.
Massage the whole width of the eyelids. This helps unblock the meibomian glands and expresses the oils.


Clean away any crusts that are present on the eyelids particularly around the roots of the lashes using: Supranettes Individual Towelettes - available from Opticians.

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