This week I want to talk to you about a very common eye condition called Blepharitis. It can develop at any age and the main symptoms are that the edges of your eyelids become red and swollen. In most cases both eyes are affected, but often one eye is worse and generally its worse in the morning. Blepharitis isn’t contagious. Also, if you get seasonal allergies you could be suffering with red, itchy swollen and dry eyes. The products below would be perfect for you! I will write a post about seasonal allergies later this year with loads of advice and amazing products to give you some relief.
What are the Symptoms of Blepharitis?
It can develop at any age and symptoms include
crusting, swelling and redness of the eyelids
Dry eyes that have a gritty feeling and burning sensation
Light sensitivity and blurred vision
styes (an infection at the root of an eyelash) on the eyelid
small ulcers on the eyelids
crusty eyelashes that stick together
uncomfortable to wear contact lenses
How to treat Blepharitis
Cleaning your eyelids to remove the crusts the eyelid margins and unblock the eyelid glands. To begin with you may need to clean your eyelids twice a day. You can do this by Using a warm compress – to make the oil produced by the glands around your eyes more runny. Gently massaging your eyelids – to push the oils out of the glands. Cleaning your eyelids – to wipe away any excess oil and remove any crusts, bacteria, dust or grime that might have built up.
Unfortunately it is a long term condition that usually can not be cured so its a case of managing it. Even after the symptoms have gone it is a good idea to clean your eyelids at least a couple of times a week to reduce the chances of it recurring. It is also suggested that daily eyelid-cleaning routine can help control the symptoms and prevent permanent scarring of the eyelid margins.
More severe cases may require antibiotics that are either applied to the eye or eyelid directly, or taken as tablets.
So what products do HealthCare4All recommend for Blepharitis?
The OPTASE Moist Heat Mask features HydroBead Technology, which absorbs moisture from the air and releases a natural, constant moist heat for the relief of Dry Eye and other related eye problems such as blepharitis.
It is really simple to use: just 25 seconds in the microwave will provide 10 minutes of the prescribed Moist Heat Therapy.
Moist Heat Therapy
Loosens the oils in the Meibomian Glands allowing the oil to flow more freely
Helps soften eyelash debris
Prevents the evaporation of natural tear film
Restores moisture to the eye and surrounding area
Improves tear film lipid quality
HydroBead Technology absorbs moisture from the air and once heated, releases a natural, constant moist heat
Simple to use: 25 seconds in the microwave will provide 10 minutes of the prescribed Moist Heat Therapy
Includes Protective pouch
Adjustable strap for personal comfort
Washable and reusable
Soft and comfortable material
No added water needed
Will not dry out, dissolve or develop odours
2. Artificial Tear Drops to help with dry eye such as Hycosan Original Preservative-Free Lubricating Eye Drops. – Incl. Tax: £9.97
Hycosan Original (0.1% Sodium Hyaluronate) is a sterile preservative free eye drop which is ideal for mild to moderate symptoms of Dry Eye. It can be used for 6 months after first opening. We like the Hycosan product because this unique device also dispenses a single calibrated drop with each click, and as such it offers incredible value for money when compared to more traditional Preservative Free options.
Suitable for use with all contact lenses
No blurring of vision
Natural, soothing and well tolerated
Long lasting effect, due to high quality
Easy to use bottle
Suitable for use after eye surgery
The CoMod (Continous Mono Dose) system, keeps the contents sterile for 6 months from first opening and delivers a single equal sized drop (30µl) with each click.
For a 7.5ml bottle this equates to at least 225 drops per bottle or for a patient using it 3 times daily in both eyes, a 5+ week supply.
The Sodium Hyaluronate used in Hycosan is of an extremely high quality and this is evident by the viscosity (thickness) and the long lasting effects of the drop.
Uniquely, such high quality Sodium Hyaluronate, also allows this viscous, long lasting drop to cause no blurring of vision, which is a common problem with many viscous eye drops.
Hycosan is also unique, in that it is formulated using a citrate Buffer. The buffers acts to keep the pH of the solution neutral and maximise comfort in the eye. It also prevents the possible risk associated with Phosphate buffers used in some other
3. Optase Eye Spray for Dry Irritated Eyes and Eyelids – £14.94A Unique and Preservative Free Eye Spray for Dry, Irritated Eyes and Eyelids. OPTASE® Eye Spray contains a natural source of omega 3, to strengthen the tear film lipid layer and protect the eyes from drying out. It also contains sodium hyaluronate to moisturise and soothe the eyes and eyelids.
Contact Lens Compatible
Provides 300 doses
Blephasol is tested by dermatologists and recommended for daily cleaning of sensitive eyelids, especially the lid margins.
It is made using a micelle formulation which ensures it is free from alcohol, detergents, and preservatives which can irritate the eyes.
It removes impurities, stains, make-up and dried secretions from eyelids and the base of eyelashes without causing any irritation of the eye or surrounding skin.
Ideal in the management of blepharitis (inflammation of the eyelid margin). It Can be used twice a day on an ongoing basis without causing any harm.
Featuring a removable cover to ensure hygiene, The Eye Doctor is your ideal partner for treating Dry Eye Disease, related symptoms and complications…naturally.
High quality eyelid heat mask filled with a blend of natural British grains to ease a range of conditions.
Registered Class 1 Medical Device with the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency (MHRA).
How does The Eye Doctor work?
The Eye Doctor will gently conform to the shape of your eyes and face. Either side of The Eye Doctor can be placed across the eyes, the blue side feels warmer than the black side.
After using The Eye Doctor, with your eyes closed, gently massage the upper eyelid by smoothing a finger from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner just about the lashes.
To ease symptoms of:
Chalazion (Eyelid Cysts)
Blurred vision & sensitivity to light
Red Eyes (Bloodshot) and Dry Eye Disease
Grittiness & Irritation, inflamed, painful & sore eyes
Contains 20 convenient Pre-Moistened Pads, which contain a gentle surfactant that removes oil, debris and dead skin cells from the eyelids. Ideal for routine daily eyelid hygiene and maintenance.
Without proper eyelid hygiene, conditions resulting in inflammation of the eyelids (such as blepharitis) and dry eyes may develop. Removing oil and debris from the eyelids with Ocusoft Lid Scrub, and, depending on the severity of the condition, possibly employing the use of antibiotics or antibacterial cleansers may help prevent or drastically reduce inflammation.
How to use Ocusoft Lid Scrub Original Pre-Moistened Pads
First, wash and clean hands. Then, fold the OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Pre-Moistened Pad over the index finger, close your eye and gently scrub the eyelid using side-to-side strokes for 30 seconds. Rinse thoroughly with water. Use the opposite side of the same pad and repeat procedure with other eyelid.
When to get medical advice
See your high-street optician (optometrist) if you have persistent symptoms of blepharitis that aren’t being controlled by simple eyelid hygiene measures.
They can examine you to check if the problem is caused by an underlying condition, or may refer you to an eye specialist.
Contact your optometrist or GP immediately if you have any severe symptoms. If this isn’t possible, visit your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department.
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