Blepharitis: Eye Care without Compromise

If your eye­lids are red and sore, with crust­ing around the eye­lash­es, you might be have Ble­phar­i­tis. It’s always best to check with an eye expert to get an offi­cial diag­no­sis. But there are some com­mon signs and symp­toms to look out for.

Eye­lid Cleans­ing Solutions

Warm­ing, gen­tle eye­lid cleans­ing and gen­tle eye­lid mas­sage are three key ele­ments to man­age Ble­phar­i­tis. Get into a good rou­tine with our range of preser­v­a­tive-free for­mu­la­tions, designed specif­i­cal­ly to cleanse your eye lids, with­out caus­ing irritation.

More Information about Blepharitis

What is Blepharitis?

Ble­phar­i­tis lit­er­al­ly means inflamed eye­lids’. It can be the skin area around the eye­lash­es that is inflamed, or the area around the oil-pro­duc­ing (Mei­bo­mi­an) glands, or both. Ble­phar­i­tis is not an eye infec­tion, but you can have it along­side oth­er eye infec­tions. It is also the most com­mon trig­ger for Dry Eye symptoms.

Signs and Symptoms of Blepharitis

  • Eyes can look red-rimmed and sore, like you have been crying
  • Skin debris around the eye­lash roots
  • For­eign body sensation
  • Red-rimmed, sore – look­ing eyes
  • Grit­ty eyes
  • Tired eyes

How common is blepharitis?

Over 40% of adults will show signs of some ble­phar­i­tis – and the old­er you are, the more com­mon it becomes. If you have cer­tain skin con­di­tions, such as rosacea or eczema, you may be more like­ly to have ble­phar­i­tis, and some med­ica­tions can also have an influ­ence. How­ev­er, for most suf­fer­ers, it has no real cause, in a sim­i­lar way to scalp dandruff.

How do you Manage Blepharitis?

There are three ele­ments to car­ing for eye­lids on a reg­u­lar basis:

  • Warm­ing, to encour­age secre­tion from the Mei­bo­mi­an Glands
  • Gen­tle cleans­ing of the eyelids
  • Gen­tle mas­sage, to encour­age oily secre­tions to flow from the Mei­bo­mi­an Glands

Gen­tle eye­lid cleans­ing every day is key – because the skin around your eyes is very del­i­cate and, at the same time, inflamed, it is very impor­tant to avoid soap, per­fumes and preservatives.

Tra­di­tion­al reme­dies such as baby sham­poo and bicar­bon­ate of soda should also be avoid­ed, just as they would be in man­ag­ing oth­er sen­si­tive skin conditions.

If you require eye surgery, such as for cataracts, it is essen­tial to man­age ble­phar­i­tis as it is the most com­mon rea­son to have your cataract surgery cancelled.

Ble­pha­clean® is ide­al for dai­ly man­age­ment of ble­phar­i­tis as it can be used by all the fam­i­ly, from age 3 months. It removes dust, pollen and dis­charge from your eye­lids, includ­ing when you already have aller­gy symp­toms or an eye infection.

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