Blepharitis is a common problem that produces a red-rimmed appearance to the edge of the eyelids. This condition is often chronic and involves both the upper and lower lids.
Common symptoms include dandruff-like scales or grainy material adhering to the lashes and lid edges. The symptoms can include itching, burning, sticky, crusted eyelids on awakening, and a feeling of “something in the eye.”
Granulated lids cannot be cured, but the symptoms can be controlled with treatment.
Treatment may consist of cleaning and removing any scales from the lid edges, frequent shampooing of the scalp and eyebrows, and ointment applied at bedtime when indicated.
Follow these instructions:
- Apply a warm, moist hand towel to the closed lids for five to 10 minutes in the morning and at bedtime.
- Following the warm compresses at bedtime, mix a solution of half baby shampoo and half warm water in the cap from a bottle of the baby shampoo.
- Put the solution on a wet wash cloth or cotton tip applicator, and gently scrub from side to side on the upper eyelids and lashes for 15 to 20 seconds.
- Pull the lower lid down and away from the eyeball and gently scrub side to side along the edge of the lower eyelid and lashes for 15 to 20 seconds.
- Avoid scrubbing the eyeball
- Rinse the cloth and clean any remaining shampoo from the lids with clear, warm water.
- Continue this treatment for two to three weeks or until the problem is controlled. After an initial treatment period, it will most likely be necessary to continue to use warm compresses and lid scrubs from time to time to keep the lid scales under control.