If you find your eye is swollen and red, sensitive to lights, and there is a feeling like something is there inside the eyes, vision is bit blurry, and difficult to open the eyes when you wake up in the morning, then you might be suffering from Belpharitis.
Belpharitis symptoms usully 'come and go'. Symptoms flare up from time to time, and also leave a long periods of gap without any symptoms. Medically Blepharitis means inflammation of the eyelids. It usually affects the edges (margins) of the eyelids. One or more of the tiny glands of the eyelids (meibomian glands) may block and fill with an oily fluid.
Blepharitis is not usually serious, but this irritating condition is often become persistent and very uncomfortable. Both eyes get affected, if untreated for a longer time then scales become coarser, the surface of the eye becomes irritated and forms crusts, which may cause the lids to stick together when waking up in the morning. If this crust falls into your eye it may even injure the eye tissue and damage the eye.
There are three main types of blepharitis which can cause similar symptoms, they are:
Staphylococcal blepharitis: The staphylococcus bacterium commonly lives in low numbers on the skin without doing any harm. However, in some people, it seems that this bacteria causes a localised infection of the eyelids to cause blepharitis.
Seborrhoeic blepharitis: This type is closely associated with a skin condition called seborrhoeic dermatitis. In seborrhoeic dermatitis, the affected skin becomes more oily and can become scaly. Seborrhoeic dermatitis typically causes bad dandruff and sometimes a rash, commonly on the face and upper body.
Meibomian blepharitis: The tiny meibomian glands in the eyelids lie just behind the eyelashes. People with meibomian blepharitis are thought to have a slight problem with their meibomian glands and the fluid they produce. This may lead to eyelid inflammation.
Combinations of the above three causes: In practice, it is found that seborrhoeic blepharitis commonly occurs together with meibomian blepharitis. it is often not possible to tell the difference between the above causes. And, there is always a chance that the inflamed skin would be infected by the staphylococcus.
How Is Blepharitis Treated?
Blepharitis cannot be cured, however, it can be treated and controlled through proper eyelid hygiene. Left untreated, blepharitis can develop into a more serious condition such as scarring or injury to the eye's tissue.
Following steps will help you treat belpharitis :
* Firstly to soften the crusts and to loosen oily debris use a clean washcloth and wet it in very warm water. Wring the washcloth and place it over the closed eyelids for five minutes. Re-wet as necessary to maintain desired temperature.
* Rap the warm, wet washcloth on your index finger and apply a diluted solution of 50 percent baby shampoo or mild soap very gently.
* Cleanse one eye at a time, closing the eye you are cleansing, and rubbing the washcloth or your finger over the eyelashes and lid margins several times using horizontal strokes.
* Finally rinse thoroughly with a clean, warm, wet washcloth. Pat dry.
* Antibiotic eye ointment or drops along with tablets may be advised for a while if an eyelid becomes infected. Usually a three month course of antibiotics is typically used in the treatment of blepharitis.
However, if you are not suffering from blepharitis or you are in a early stage, then you should avoid rubbing your eyes, avoid eye makeups, always use fresh and clean handkerchief and keep your hands and face clean.
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