This page will review the chronic eyelid disease called Blepharitis, Blepharitis Treatment, Chalazion, Stye. It will also review treatment of Blepharitis to help prevent the development of chalazion and styes. Chalazion, stye and hordeolum refer to infected oil glands in the eyelid.
Blepharitis, Chalazion, Stye: A Cause of Eyelid Irritation, Swelling and RednessBlepharitis is a common and persistent inflammation of the eyelids which can cause a chalazion or stye to form. Symptoms can include irritation, burning, watering and occasionally, a red eye. This condition frequently occurs in people who have a tendency towards oily skin, dandruff, or dry eyes. Blepharitis can occur at any age and can persist as a chronic condition. Bacteria reside on the surface of everyone’s skin, but in certain individuals they thrive in the skin at the base of the eyelashes. The resulting irritation, sometimes associated with over-activity of nearby oil glands, causes dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins. Sometimes the scaling or bacteria produce only minor irritation and itching, but they may cause redness, stinging or burning. Some people may develop sensitivity to the scales or to the bacteria which surround them. This can lead to a more serious complication-inflammation of the eye tissues, particularly the cornea (the clear front window of the eye).
Blepharitis Treatment – Primary treatment for BlepharitisBlepharitis is a condition that may not be cured, but can be controlled with a few simple daily measures: Once a day, wet a washcloth with comfortably warm water, wrings it out, and places over the closed eyelids for a minute. Rewet it as it cools, two or three times. This will soften and loosen scales and debris. More importantly, it helps liquefy the oily secretions from the eyelids’ oil glands that help prevent the development of a chalazion, an inflamed lump in an eyelid oil gland. A potato is often a good hot compress; place it in the microwave to heat it up. It this does not work you may require antibiotic treatment. With your finger covered with a thin washcloth, cotton swab, or commercial lint-free pad, gently scrub the base of the lashes
Eyelid Massage, Eyelid Wash to reduce severity and attacks of Blepharitis and recurrence of Chalazion or Styes:
about 15 seconds per lid. If an antibiotic ointment has been prescribed, apply a dab at the base of the lashes (usually at bedtime), using your fingertip or a cotton swab.