Blepharitis and Dry Eye
Blepharitis is usually a chronic condition and therefore requires daily treatment. It is inflammation of the margins of the eyelids. It can occur in children and adults of any age.
Blepharitis is a very common condition and results from inflammation of the eye lid margin. Whilst it is usually not dangerous or sight threatening, it is chronic and can be very irritating to patients.
Symptoms include recurrent red eye, watering, gritty or foreign body sensation or debris on the eyelashes. Occasionally glands in the eyelids can become blocked causing chalazia. With time the vision can become intermittently blurred due to poor tear film and dry eye.
A regime consists of:
- Hot compresses to soften the oil within the eyelid glands
- Cleaning of the eyelid margin with a face washer or cotton bud to remove the crusting
- Use of artificial tears, lubricants and occasionally steroids
- Occasionally a course of topical oral antibiotics is required<
- This treatment must be done daily to avoid recurrences.
If chalazia occur these may subside with hot compresses. Occasionally a small procedure under local anaesthetic is required to drain the accumulated secretions. This is done in the rooms.