Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelids which occurs due to an overgrowth of bacteria which breakdown the natural oils around the eyelids causing inflammation. Eyes@Narangba has been using the Blephasteam Goggles to assist many of our patients who suffer from Blepharitis.

Symptoms of Blepharitis

  • A sandy, itchy or burning feeling of the eyes is experienced, especially in the morning. 

  • A redness, as well as inflammation of the eyelid with crusting, scaling, deposits or discharge.

  • Excessive eye watering, tears.

  • Stickiness of the eyes.

  • Intolerance to wearing contact lenses.

  • It is more common in people who have eczema or rosacea.


Treatment Options

Hot Compresses
  1. Heat your eyelids, either using a hot (not scolding) compress, or letting warm water run over your closed eyes in the shower for 1-2 minutes.

  2. Massage your lids by gently rubbing your bottom lid in one direction up towards the lid margin or shelf. Also rub in one direction your top lid down towards your lashes. Do this along the entire length of your top and bottom lid. 

Blephasteam Goggles Treatment

According to the manufacturer, Blephasteam “provides, in standardised conditions, a moisture and heat therapy.This dual action melts the meibomian secretions and obstruction.”

  1. A pair of goggles are worn to use steam to gently warm the eyes for 15 minutes. 

  2. The steam softens and melts congealed oil in the Meibomian glands

  3. The Optometrist massages and squeezes out the debris, cleaning the glands which allows for natural lubrication of the eyes to resume.

Use Foam cleansers

SteriLid or OCuSOFT are great products to assist you with eye lid hygiene.  Apply foam wait for 60 seconds and rinse of with warm water, consult the directions on the pack for more detailed instructions.  For more information or to purchase from our online store, select the link below.

  1. SteriLid by TheraTears

  2. OCuSOFT Lid Scrub by OCuSOFT



Choose your makeup carefully

Eye makeup may contribute to acute blepharitis, especially when using eye liner.[1]  Doing so may block your meibomian glands, which in turn stops your eye’s lubrication. Choose eye liners that wash off easily, since they are less likely to plug your glands.

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Conclusion

The aim of any of the treatments listed above – is to improve the function of the eyelid glands. Ongoing treatment will be required to prevent future flare ups. Your Optometrist will suggest which combination of treatments options work best for you.  We encourage our patients to have any concerns checked out ASAP, long term Bepharitis may contribute to permanent damage of the oil glands.

(1) Wittpenn JR. EyeScrub: Simplifying the management of blepharitis. J Ophthalmic Nurs Technol 1995;14(1):25-28.