A typical eyelid condition is called blepharitis. It presents itself with dry or itchy eyelids and a crusty like formation near or around the eyelid. There are a variety of blepharitis treatments that can be done.
The first step is to accurately diagnose the condition. To do this you’ll want to see an optometrist and have them examine your eyes.
The optometrist will take a complete medical history and look closely at the eyes with a specialized light. Blepharitis begins with a bacterial eye infection, dry eyes or some specific skin conditions.
It can affect the eyelids, the corners of the eyes or both. It may vary in severity from time to time and it may or may not present itself in both eyes at the same time.
Common symptoms will include dry itchy eyes, redness, a feeling of something foreign in the eye, irritated eyes, eyes that tear, crusty debris, and a burning sensation.
There are several ways a doctor will treat the condition. To begin with, if there is a bacterial infection the doctor will want to treat this with either a special solution to help heal the eyes up or specific eye drops.
Other treatments will include a warm wet washcloth to dab at the crusts and soften them so that they can easily be removed. This may take some time and it may be tempting to peel the crust off however it’s worthy of note that peeling this off could also peel off the delicate eye skin.
The main key to treatment is to remember to completely remove all eye makeup prior to retiring at night. Eye makeup that is left on could potentially damage the eyes and cause blepharitis.
If you’ve contracted blepharitis, be sure to toss out all eye makeup at once. This should include all mascara, eyeliners (liquid and pencils), brushes that have come in contact with the area and if you’ve used any specific eye shadows that have been touched by said brushes then those should also be tossed out to prevent further infection.
Some eye doctors will also treat their patients with nutritional supplements in order to help speed healing. Such supplements would include Omega 3 fatty acids (flaxseed oils for example) to help provide plenty of natural lubrication to the eye area.
Some doctors will also prescribe an antibiotic ointment for helping to relieve the symptoms. Pink eye is a huge concern when someone has blepharitis. Care must be taken to avoid recontaminating the eye.
If you or someone in your family has any of the above-mentioned symptoms, it’s important to see your eye doctor quickly. This can prevent further damage to the delicate eye area.
Each case is treated individually and no two treatment protocols will be the same. When it comes to blepharitis treatments eye doctors will take all of the details into account of why the person may have blepharitis. It could be a combination of factors or a single factor contributing to the condition.