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Managing Blepharitis

Clinical Briefing Sponsored by Kestrel Ophthalmics

Blepharitis is a common inflammation of the eyelids. It occurs more frequently in older people. There are two main types of blepharitis:

Anterior blepharitis: This affects the base of the eye lashes with a dandruff-like condition. It is due to a low grade staphylococcal (bacterial) infection in the eyelids

Posterior blepharitis: This is due to an over-action of the meibomian (sebaceous) glands that can become blocked, inflamed and infected.

People who suffer from dandruff, dry eye, skin conditions such as acne rosacea and dermatitis, Downs Syndrome and bacterial infections can be predisposed to blepharitis.†

What are the symptoms of blepharitis?

Symptoms of either form of blepharitis include a foreign body or burning sensation, excessive tearing, itching, sensitivity to light (photophobia), red and swollen eyelids, redness of the eye, blurred vision, frothy tears, dry eye, or crusting of the eyelashes on awakening.

What is the treatment for blepharitis?

Treatment for both forms of blepharitis involves keeping the lids clean and free of crusts. Warm compresses should be applied to the lid to loosen the crusts, followed by a light scrubbing of the eyelid with a cotton swab and a mixture of water and a proprietary eyelid cleanser or care product designed specifically for lid hygiene, such as iLast HydraClean.†

Compliance to the regime is key as blepharitis rarely goes away completely. Most patients must maintain a once or twice daily eyelid hygiene routine for life. In this case a gentler product such and iLast Care could be used.† These products are medical devices specifically designed for the treatment such conditions and as such will aid compliance.

If the blepharitis is severe, an eye care professional may also prescribe antibiotics or steroid eyedrops.

In addition to the warm compresses, patients with posterior blepharitis will need to massage their eyelids to clean the oil accumulated in the glands. Patients who also have acne rosacea should have that condition treated at the same time.

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