How is blepharitis treated?
Blepharitis cannot be cured; however, it can be treated and controlled through proper eyelid hygiene. Left untreated, blepharitis can develop into a more serious condition such as scarring or injury to the eye's tissue.
If you have blepharitis, take the steps listed below to help treat and cleanse your eye:
- Take a clean washcloth and wet it in very warm water. Wring the washcloth and place it over the closed eyelids for five minutes. Re-wet as necessary to maintain desired temperature. This will help to soften crusts and loosen oily debris.
- Place the warm, wet washcloth over the index finger and apply a diluted solution of 50% baby shampoo or mild soap.
- Cleanse one eye at a time, closing the eye you are cleansing, and rubbing the washcloth or your finger over the eyelashes and lid margins several times using horizontal strokes.
- Rinse thoroughly with a clean, warm, wet washcloth. Pat dry.
- If your ophthalmologist determines that your blepharitis is caused by bacteria, he or she may also prescribe a topical antibiotic or topical antibiotic/corticosteroid combination to be applied to the base of the eyelashes for one or two weeks.