Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids caused by bacteria on the lid and eyelash base. This inflammation creates irritation and ultimately leads to Dry Eye Syndrome.
Blepharitis can usually be managed with proper lid hygiene as well as antibiotic drops or ointment to control inflammation. Ongoing lid hygiene (2-3 times per week) can help prevent recurrence.
Use a mild, non-irritating eyelid scrub (such as OCuSOFT®) to thoroughly cleanse the margins of the upper and lower lids. You can make your own lid scrub solution by combining one part baby shampoo and nine parts water. Apply the lid scrub to the margins with a cotton pad or cotton swab.
Cleanse the eyelids each morning and evening for two weeks after initial diagnosis.
Learn more about the types of Blepharitis and how to practice good eyelid hygiene here: