How to manage blepharitis: a few easy steps

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids which can be attributed to one or more causes. If you are suffering from burning, tearful or flaky-skinned eyes then it is possible you may have contracted the condition.

Blepharitis has two variations: anterior and posterior. The first affects the front of the eye, where it is attached to the eyelid, and the second affects the meibomian glands, the eyelids themselves and their inability to secrete the oils which help to lubricate and moisturise the eyeball.

Luckily, blepharitis can be managed easily and there are a range of treatments available which can reduce both the symptoms of irritation and discomfort it produces.

By far the most common and effective way to remove the symptoms of blepharitis is to maintain a regular routine whereby the eyes are kept clean and hygienic. All foreign bodies such as flaking skin are removed from the eyelids and around the eye itself and the area is thoroughly moisturised.

This can be done by taking a cotton bud and carefully cleaning around the eye with warm water. Take a great deal of care to run the cotton bud over the eyelashes and underneath the eyes. Warm water will help to break down any flaky skin which is stuck to the area and, with continual massaging, the skin will become fully detached and can be wiped away.

When this occurs, simply change the cotton bud with a fresh one and repeat the process until everything has been thoroughly cleaned and cleared away. To make this faster you can also apply a warm compress in the form of a flannel to the area before you start.

This process may be repeated several times a day but be careful not to over strain the area and stop if you feel any excessive dryness. This should alleviate many of the uncomfortable symptoms associated with blepharitis without causing further damage.

There are also several vitamin supplements such as Omega-3 which may help to aid the meibomian glands in their production of lubricating oils for the eye itself. These can be taken in either pill form, on a daily basis, or found in many common foods such as fish, walnuts and tofu. Omega-3 helps to reduce clotting around the body and could be an extremely positive way of combating blepharitis.

Whilst there is not presently a cure for posterior blepharitis, anyone suffering for its affects (which do not differ greatly from anterior blepharitis) will find that maintaining a thorough and regular eye hygiene routine will keep most of the discomfort at bay.

It will also help to keep any further problems at bay, which are caused by a build up of flaky skin around the eyes. Over the counter products such as eye drops will also help to eradicate or soothe any excess irritation and help you get through the day in relative comfort.