What is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis refers to inflammation of the eyelids. Oils and other products normally secreted by the eye and eyelids build up on the lid surface and eyelashes resulting in eye irritation and often redness. It's a common disorder and occurs in two forms:

  • Anterior Blepharitis - this is when the inflammation affects the outside front edge of your eyelids, where your eyelashes are connected. Two possible causes are bacterial infection and Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
  • Posterior Blepharitis - this is when the inflammation affects the inside front edge of your eyelids, where they come into contact with your eye.? This is caused when something affects the glands that are found at the rim of your eyelids, for example skin conditions such as seborrhoeic dermatitis or acne rosacea.

Signs & Symptoms

Regardless of which type of blepharitis you have, you will probably experience such symptoms as eye irritation, burning, tearing, foreign body sensations, crusty debris (in the lashes, in the corner of the eyes or on the lids), dryness and red eyelid margins.

How can eyelid hygiene help?

Developing a regular routine of eye hygiene is essential in the treatment of blepharitis as it tends to recur and rarely disappears completely. It is important that you clean your eyelids every day, whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms. You should consider it part of your daily routine, like showering or brushing your teeth. Daily eyelid care helps prevent the build up of oils and crusted matter around the eyelid and lash area.

Treatment

Treatment depends on the type of blepharitis you have. It may include applying warmth to the eyelids, cleansing them, using an antibiotic and massaging the lids. If your blepharitis makes your eyes feel dry (usually because your tears evaporate more quickly) you may be recommended to use artificial tears.

By gently warming the lids it will help to both loosen crusts on your eyes before you cleanse them and make the tear secretions more liquid and less greasy. This is easily and conveniently achieved by using The Eye Bag.

Cleansing the eyelids is essential to blepharitis treatment. You may be recommended to clean them with a special over-the-counter product specifically made for cleansing the eyelids, such as Blephagel and Blephasol. When you first begin treatment you may have to cleanse your lids several times a day.

When the eyes feel better from the lid hygiene (usually after about 3 weeks) treatment can be done once a day. Remember, to stop treatment altogether will probably result in a recurrence of problems. Only regular lid hygiene will keep the blepharitis under control.

The complete eyelid hygiene system

Blephasol and Blephaclean have been specially formulated to be FREE from preservatives and perfumes by Europe's leading independent ophthalmology company to be kind to your eyes and skin.

Blephasol®

  • A high tolerance micelle solution
  • Lid margin and skin cleansing
  • Preservative and perfume free
  • Easy to use 100ml bottle, with
    no need to mix or rinse afterwards

Use Blephasol as directed, usually once or twice a day. Put solution on to 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®

  • A high tolerance micelle solution
  • Preservative and perfume free
  • Hyaluronic Acid - a natural hydrating
    and repairing agent
  • Iris Florentina and Centella Asiatica content.
    Helps to stimulate synthesis of collagen
    and has an anti-inflammatory action.

Use Blephaclean as directed, usually once or twice a day. Simply remove wipe from sachet and gently wipe along the lower inner eyelid, the upper and lower eyelids and lash area to remove accumilated 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®Airless

  • Paraben & Perfume Free
  • Suitable for sensitive skin, eyelids & eyes
  • Softens and soothes the eyelids
  • Non sticky/greasy product

Use Blephagel as directed, on average twice a day. 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.