Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids. Habitually, it involves that portion of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow and tends to afflict both eyelids.
The condition develops when small oil glands situated near the base of the eyelashes get blocked. This results in irritation of the eyes. It is a chronic condition which is rather difficult to manage.
Posterior blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids that occurs due to an anomalous functioning of the Meibomian glands. It is chronic condition, affecting both the eyes and is represented by a wide spectrum of symptoms.
Causes And Symptoms Of Posterior Blepharitis
The precise cause of blepharitis is still quite ambiguous. Some of the likely etiological factors are:
- Seborrheic dermatitis i.e. dandruff of the scalp and eyebrows.
- Blocked oil glands in the eyelids.
- Bacterial infection
- Allergic reactions
- Eyelash mites
Posterior Blepharitis Symptoms
- Watering of the eyes.
- Abnormal secretion from the eyes.
- Flaking of the skin around the eyes.
- Crusts on the eyelashes when you awaken.
- Eyelashes may grow abnormally.
- Red, itchy eyes
- Burning of the eyes
- Eyelids are swollen
- Eyelids are greasy
- Eyelids stick together
- Frequent blinking
- Loss of eyelashes
- Rosacea of the facial skin Blepharitis has a tendency for chronicity; also recurrent flare-ups are very common.
Natural Treatment For Posterior Blepharitis
Follow these guidelines and self-care techniques to treat your condition better:
- Application of antibiotic cream to the eyelid proffers relief of symptoms and battles bacterial infection effectively. In case you fail to respond to topical antibiotics, your health care provider will recommend an oral antibiotic.
- Steroid eye drops may be needed in extreme cases to control the inflammation. Confer with your doctor about the drug and its dosage.
- Blepharitis that is caused by seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea or some other disease condition is successfully managed by treating the underlying problem.
- Apply a warm compress over the closed eye for 5 to 7 minutes to dislodge the crusts on the eyelids. Immediately thereafter, use a cotton swab that has been dipped in water to which a little baby shampoo has been added to wash off oily debris. Use a different cotton swab for each eye.
- Gently pull the eyelid away from the eye and use the swab to gently rub the base of the eyelashes. Apply a topical antibiotic cream after cleaning your eyelids.
- Rinse your eyelids with warm water and gently pat dry with a clean towel.
- Also, stop using all eye make-up when the eyelids are itchy and inflamed. Make-up makes it difficult to keep the eyelids clean and free from scales and debris. Furthermore, make-up can re-introduce bacteria in to the area or even cause an allergic reaction.
- It is very vital to lubricate your eyes well. Talk to your doctor and get over-the-counter artificial tears. These are lubricating eye drops which help relieve dryness and itching of the eyes.
- In case you have dandruff that is causing the blepharitis, you can use an effective anti-dandruff shampoo. Curry leaves is an excellent home remedy for dandruff. Blend 25 to 30 curry leaves with 5 spoons of yogurt. Massage this in to your scalp as well as eyelashes and leave on for an hour; wash off.
- Tea tree is very effective in dealing with mites. Gently scrub the eye lids with 50 % tea tree oil; blend 2 drops of tea tree essential oil with 5 drops of jojoba and use this over the eyelids.