We know what you’re going through. It’s your eyes. They itch. They are red. And, it’s frustrating. Rubbing your eyes is the only thing you can do, but it provides only seconds of relief. Your eyes are now swollen and red all day.
You may or may not know this, but about 30 million Americans suffer from inflamed, itchy or crusty eyelids (1). It’s a constant battle to have eyes that look and feel good. And it may be challenging to identify the root cause.
Are you experiencing any of the following?
- Lid-margin swelling
- Eyelid irritation
- Eye dryness
- Burning sensation
- Eyelid redness
- Puffy eyes
- Watery eyes
The severity of these symptoms may vary from mild to moderate, but the cause is likely one of the usual suspects – chronic blepharitis. The bacterial activity on and around the eyelids that causes this condition may be controlled, if properly cleansed.
According to the National Eye Institute (NEI), blepharitis can be difficult to manage because it tends to recur. Not to mention that complications from the condition include:
- Stye: A red, tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the meibomian oil glands of the eyelid (2).
- Tear Film Instability: Abnormal or decreased oil secretions that are part of the tear film can result in excess tearing or dry eye. Because tears are necessary to keep the cornea healthy, tear film problems can contribute to corneal infections (3).
- Dry Eye: Problems with the tear film may lead to the development of evaporative dry eye.
The NEI notes that blepharitis occurs in two forms:
- Anterior Blepharitis, which affects the outside front of the eyelid, where the eyelashes are attached. The two most common causes of anterior blepharitis are bacteria (Staphylococcus) and scalp dandruff (Seborrheic Dermatitis) (4).
- Posterior Blepharitis, which affects the inner eyelid -the moist part that makes contact with the eye- and is caused by problems with the oil (meibomian) glands in this part of the eyelid. Two skin disorders can cause this form of blepharitis: Acne Rosacea, which leads to red and inflamed skin, and scalp dandruff (4).
OK, now that we’ve gotten through the technical and medical portion of the conversation, let’s get back to the real talk – how is eye irritation treated?
Treatment for both forms of blepharitis involves keeping the lids clean and free of eye crust. One treatment alternative involves warm compresses being applied to the lid to loosen the crusts, followed by a light scrubbing of the eyelid with a cotton swab and a water and baby shampoo mixture. Blepharitis rarely goes away completely. Most patients must maintain an eyelid hygiene routine for life. If blepharitis is severe, an eye care professional may also prescribe antibiotics or steroid eye drops.
When scalp dandruff is present, a dandruff shampoo for the hair may be recommended, as well. In addition to warm compresses, patients with Posterior Blepharitis need to massage their eyelids to clean the oil accumulated in the glands. Patients who also have acne rosacea should have that condition treated at the same time.
However, these treatment options are involved and outdated. Let’s talk Cliradex and Cliradex Light. Our Cliradex products offer a quick solution for a return to naturally fresh and healthy eyes.
Cliradex is the #1 Doctor Recommended Eye, Lid and Facial Cleanser (5). Cliradex is a next-generation wipe cleanser for lashes and eyelids, but can also be used on the face, as well. The best part is that Cliradex cleanses without any harmful chemicals and is derived from key components of melaleuca alternifolia, a species of tea tree. Cliradex formulation has been studied extensively around the world and demonstrated numerous eye and skin health benefits.
Cliradex Light is the newest addition to our portfolio of products for the dry eye spectrum of care. Cliradex Light is a foaming cleanser created to manage the symptoms of ocular irritation and mild blepharitis. It’s ideal for patients who regularly wear contacts and may be prone to lid-margin disease. The benefits of Cliradex Light include:
- Gentle and effective cleaning of harmful microorganisms
- Non-prescription availability
- Small and easily portable packaging
- Non-toxic and non-sensitizing
So, give us a try, and break the cycle of chronic blepharitis. Healthy eyes equal happy eyes. Besides, you shouldn’t have to worry about ocular irritation on top of everything else life throws your way.
(1) Lemp MA, Nichols KK. Blepharitis in the United States 2009: A survey-based perspective on prevalence and treatment. Ocul Surf 2009;7:S1-S14. http://mededicus.com/downloads/Blepharitis-Update-on-Research-and-Management.pdf (original link from: https://www.reviewofophthalmology.com/article/a-guide-for-breaking-down-blepharitis)