Blepharitis (blef-ər-eye-tis) is a common eye condition characterized by often chronic inflammation of the eyelid, generally the part where eyelashes grow.
Blepharitis is a common infection of the eyelashes. It is easily managed, but needs continual treatment to be effective. The simplest method of treating blepharitis is to rub a small amount of diluted Baby Shampoo onto the eyelashes (with your eyes closed) for about 15 to 20 seconds for each eye, twice a day. Make sure that you rinse the shampoo off well afterward. Continue this procedure for about one week, then about twice per week thereafter. Your eyes should feel much more comfortable afterward, although it is important to continue this treatment twice per week to remain symptom-free. Stopping this treatment will result in a return of the condition, since the bacteria that cause the condition are very common on the skin and eyelids and will return.
Continual Treatment Needed
Use Baby Shampoo
Note About Sensitivity
A small percentage of patients are sensitive to Baby Shampoo. These patients should utilise diluted Bicarbonate of Soda solution or a commercial preparation such as Lid Care (Ciba Vision TM ) or Sterilid (TheraTears TM) instead. If your eyes are not feeling better after a week or two of the treatment, you should return to your eye-care practitioner for further treatment or advice.