How do I prevent blepharitis?

There are many everyday steps that you can take to prevent blepharitis. These steps include:

  • Keeping your hands and face clean
  • Avoiding rubbing your eyes with dirty fingers, a soiled handkerchief, etc.
  • Removing all eye makeup before bedtime
  • Wiping any excess tears or eyedrops from your eyelashes

If you are in the early stages of treating blepharitis, avoid the use of eye makeup to prevent further irritation. Once you begin using makeup again, replace any liquid products because your old products may be contaminated.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 03/15/2016.


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