Blepharitis

Blepharitis symptoms and signs include:

  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • A gritty, burning or stinging sensation in the eyes
  • Eyelids that appear greasy
  • Itchy eyelids
  • Red, swollen eyelids
  • Flaking of the skin around the eyes
  • Crusted eyelashes upon awakening
  • Eyelid sticking
  • More frequent blinking
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Eyelashes that grow abnormally (misdirected eyelashes)
  • Loss of eyelashes

Patient Self-Care plays a major role in the management of blepharitis.

1. Omega-3 fatty acids, 1 to 3 g, two to three times daily.

2. Heat packs. Five minutes of moist heat at bedtime and first thing in the morning. Four times a day for two weeks, then twice a day for a month, and twice a week after that.

3. Eyelid scrubs

4. Blinking exercises: get the Donald Korb blinking exercise App on Itunes