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Blepharitis

What is it?

Blepharitis is a common inflammatory condition of the eyelids.  Oils and other products normally secreted by the eye build on the lid surface and eyelashes resulting in symptoms of eye irritation and often redness.

What does it look like?

How can I make it better?

You can help relieve the irritation by following these measures, as instructed by your Optometrist. To obtain the best results please follow the instructions listed below, preferably twice a day.  This will help you control your condition.  However, this is a chronic condition which requires ongoing treatment. It generally takes 4-6 weeks before treatment starts to be effective.

-Hot Compresses

Use an ‘EyeBag’ to apply heat to your eye area. Place the eyebag on a clean microwavable dish in a microwave for approximately 30 seconds and place over your eyes for approximately 10 minutes.

-Lid massage

After each individual use of the EyeBag, it is necessary to follow the EyeLid Massage Technique

  1. In order to massage the eyelids you should use the index finger or middle finger and sweep the pad of that finger from the inner corner of the eye along the eyelid to the outer corner of the eye. 
  2. You should start with the upper lid and put the finger pad in the corner of the eye next to the nose, just resting on the eyelid above the lashes for the upper lid and below the lashes for the lower lid, then sweep the finger gently but firmly along the eyelid to the outer end. 
  3. Repeat this with the lower lid, placing the pad of the finger just below the lashes in the corner of the eye and sweeping outwards towards the temple. This sweeping massage action can be repeated 5 to 10 times over about 30 seconds immediately following the warming. 


It is important to do this massaging technique as described and neither to be too gentle with the massage nor too firm. It should be relatively comfortable and you should not be pressing hard enough to actually hurt your eyeball under the closed lids. The massaging should always take place with the eyes shut.

-Lid cleaning

Clean the eyelid margins and around the roots of the lashes using one the methods recommended below:

-Blephasol

Put solution onto a cotton wool pad or gauze and gently wipe along the lower inner eyelid, the upper and lower eyelids and lash area to remove accumulated oily debris and crusted matter from the eyelid and lash

-Blephaclean

Remove wipe from sachet and gently wipe along the lower inner eyelid, the upper and lower eyelids and lash area to remove accumulated oily debris and crusted matter from the eyelid and lash area. There is no need to rinse afterwards. Repeat for the other eye using a new wipe.

-Blephagel

Apply a small amount of Blephagel to a cotton wool pad or gauze. With your eye closed, delicately apply on eyelids and lash roots. Using small circular movements gently rub eyelids and lash roots with pad until all residues are removed. Remove left over Blephagel with a clean pad. Repeat for the other eye using a new pad. If preferred Blephagel can be left on overnight and gently wiped away in the morning

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