• Blepharitis Treatment

    Written by: Kierstan Boyd
    Reviewed by: Devin A Harrison MD
    Mar. 01, 2017

    Unfortunately there is not a cure for blepharitis, but there are a number of things you can do to help control the symptoms. Treatments include:

    Warm compresses

    Wet a clean washcloth with warm water and wring it out until somewhat dry. Place the washcloth over your closed eyes for at least 1 minute. Wet the washcloth as often as needed so it stays warm. This will help loosen the flakes sticking around your eyelashes. It also helps keep nearby oil glands from clogging.

    Eyelid scrubs

    Soak a clean washcloth, cotton swab (Q-tip) applicator, or lint-free pad in warm water. Then use it to gently scrub the base of your eyelashes. Scrub for about 15 seconds.

    Antibiotics

    YYour ophthalmologist may have you use an antibiotic ointment on your eyes. Put a small amount of ointment on a clean fingertip or a cotton swab (Q-tip). Gently apply the ointment to the base of your eyelashes. Do this just before bedtime, or as your doctor recommends. Your doctor might prescribe an antibiotic medicine for you to take by mouth.

    Eye drops

    Artificial tears or steroid eye drops may reduce redness, swelling and dry eye. Your ophthalmologist might prescribe an antibiotic eye drop to help the oil glands work better.

    Skin and eyelid hygiene

    It is very important to keep your eyelids, skin and hair clean. This keeps your blepharitis symptoms under control. Carefully wash your eyelashes every day with baby shampoo. Also, wash your hair, scalp and eyebrows with an antibacterial shampoo. There are some new antiseptic sprays you can use on the skin that keep bacteria from growing too much.

    Keeping blepharitis under control

    It is very important to keep your eyelids, skin and hair clean. This will help keep your blepharitis symptoms under control. Use baby shampoo to gently scrub the eyelids/eyelashes daily when you have crusting present.