Irritated, inflamed and itchy eyelids with dandruff-like scales on the eyelashes is likely a very common eye disorder called Blepharitis. Derived from the Greek word for eyelid (blepharos), Blepharitis is the medical term for eyelid inflammation. It affects people of all ages, and although it’s annoying and can be difficult to manage, it is not contagious and generally doesn’t cause permanent damage to your eyesight. In most cases, it is caused by the malfunction of the tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelids, where the eyelashes grow. When these glands produce too little, too much or the wrong kinds of oils, the eyelid margins can become inflamed, scaly or flaky and therefore, itchy and red.

There are a few possible causes for Blepharitis, the most common ones are:

  • Acne rosacea– a generalized illness of the oil glands.
  • Seborrheic Blepharitis-similar to dandruff (on the scalp) and/or infection by Staphylococcal bacteria to the lash base.
  • Allergies or sensitivities to substances that come into contact with the lid margins like mascara, eye liners and contact lens solutions- some airborne allergens are even known to cause Blepharitis.

The key to treating Blepharitis is to keep up with good eyelid hygiene. Using warm compresses 2 to 3 times a day to soften the debris, followed by cleansing the eyelids with a cotton-swab soaked in a mixture of baby shampoo and water. If you have dandruff, a dandruff shampoo may also help to alleviate symptoms. Stopping the use of eye make-up or wearing contact lenses is also suggested when treating Blepharitis. Depending on degree of infection, antibiotic and steroid drops or ointments can also be prescribed.

Get started by using OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Original Formula, which Claris strongly recommends to relieve symptoms and prevent them from progressing. Because it’s available in a convenient, pre-lathered formulae, it’s ideal for use in the shower. For maximum strength and maximum ease-of-use, OCuSOFT Lid Scrub PLUS Formula, is designed as a leave-on formula and suggested for patients with more severe conditions. Both treatments are available at Claris. Come in to pick up your bottle, today!

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