What is Blepharitis? (How to Treat Blepharitis at Home)

So do your eyes burn or feel irritated?
Well maybe you have blepharitis, and in this video I’m gonna be explaining
exactly what blepharitis is and how you can treat it at home so let’s take a
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otherwise let’s talk about blepharitis. So blepharitis is a general term
describing the inflammation of the eyelids themselves now most commonly we
describe this as marginal blepharitis because the inflammation is right on the
eyelid margin the part right by where the eyelids are opening and this is
extremely common in fact most people either have blepharitis right now this
exact second or they’ve already had it when they were younger or they’re gonna
get it again when they’re older. Yes, it’s actually that common. The symptoms
of blepharitis are usually inflamed irritated eyelids they’re chronically
red itchy and kind of have a burning sensation now there’s actually different
types or classifications of blepharitis in the clinic we either call it anterior
blepharitis or posterior blepharitis based on where it’s located and what’s
causing it. Now anterior blepharitis is where you actually have inflammation of
to the eyelashes and hair follicles and this usually kind of looks like kind of
like a dandruff or an oil buildup on the surface of the eyelid and kind of
imagine it kind of like scalp dandruff but on the eyelashes themselves now
sometimes it’s tough to see this unless you have high-powered magnification like
we have in the eye clinic but again it’s very very common but it’s not just dead
skin cells and oil that are building up on the lashes the actually bacteria live
in these oils and those bacteria actually produced toxins that interact
with the oils and that causes instability of your tear film
and eventual dry eye disease now again there’s anterior blepharitis and then
there’s posterior blepharitis and posterior blepharitis involves
inflammation of the backside of the eyelid which involves the Meibomian
glands now if you’ve never heard of the meibomian glands before they’re actually
these rows of little glands that run on the bottom portion of your eyelid and on
the top portion of the eyelid and they function that every time you blink they
squeeze these glands just a little bit and a little bit of this oil comes out
and floats on your tear film and prevents the tears from evaporating and
if these oil glands aren’t functioning properly either that they’re not
producing enough or the quality is very low then your tears start to evaporate
almost instantly and so it’s actually the number one leading cause for all of
dry eye disease in fact if you are somebody who has either really bad dry
eye do you want to learn more about dry eye treatment I have a whole other
playlist on that and hooked that up here in the YouTube card above as well as in
the description below if you want to check that out now I get this
inflammation and dysfunction of these meibomian glands are part of posterior
blepharitis but they’re almost always present with anterior blepharitis to some
degree but this dysfunction of the meibomian glands it actually has many
different causes including aging hormones genetics and even contact lens
wear. okay so How do you treat blepharitis at home? well what’s great is
that blepharitis is easily treatable and a lot of times it’s preventable just
with good eyelid hygiene and so I have this discussion with a lot of my
patients who are like teenagers getting contact lenses for the first time and
I’ll look at their eyelids and they don’t look that clean so I’ll discuss
with them the importance of cleaning away all this extra debris on the eyelid
and this is a matter of washing your face basically every day I don’t like
getting soap in my eyes or anything either and I think most of us kind of
neglect really cleaning away on the eyelids but you want to find a soap
that’s not really irritating to the eyes and there are some really excellent ones
out there and we’re going to go over some of those now you may have seen
either lid wipes or foaming eyelid cleansers like these either at your
doctor’s office or at the store and both work excellent for treating blepharitis
because they have surfactants that actually help remove oil and debris away
from the eyelid and has some effect against some types of bacteria
with these type of eyelid pads you know again you can buy these at the store or
online and I’ll hook you up with some links in the description below but
really you just open it up you take out the pre-moistened pad then you unfold it
and you can see it’s a little bit soapy but then you basically just close your
eyes and then you clean the eyelid so you could just close the eyes here you
can rub along the eyelid margin you clean of all of the eyelashes including
the brow as well and then you go ahead and you just clean right along that
eyelid margin really get it those lashes okay
of course you do it on the one side then you do it on the other same thing then
rinse once you’re done drying off your eyelids
then it’s really just a matter of repeating this at least twice a day for
about two weeks in really bad cases otherwise you want to just regularly
maintain good eyelet hygiene now again these are convenient kind of
pre-moistened pads they’re excellent because you can put them in your purse
or wallet or you can take it with you somewhere but I otherwise like to use
the foaming island cleansers because it’s just a little bit more gentle on my
skin now beyond just using the lid scrubs and those really severe outbreaks
in cases doctors are now recommending maintenance eyelet hygiene with
hypochlorous acid and you’ve never heard of hypochlorous acid before this is the
aqua soft hypo chlorin it’s a very safe non-toxic spray that goes on the eyelids
and it fights many many different bacteria and so that’s why many doctors
are recommending it now I do have a whole other video on hypochlorous acid
if you want to know more about that and I’ll hook that up here in the YouTube
card above as well as in the description below if you want to check that out but
what I liked is that Ocusoft is actually packaging a cleaning spray kit
now so it actually includes 20 of the lid scrubs and a full bottle of the
hypochlorous acid so you don’t have to actually buy like a full set of the lid
scrubs by themselves and then the hypochlorous acid by the zones you can
do that if you want but it does come in a full kit now and I’ll hook that up for
you in a link in the description below now I personally don’t just clean my
eyelids every day with something like hypochlorous acid that helps again fight
the bacteria and the oils from building up on the surface of the eyelids but I
have issues with the oil glands on the back surface of my oil glands so I do
have some posterior blepharitis issues and really what I do to help with that
is something called a warm compress I love doing these things it’s actually
something I look forward to but a warm compress there’s different ways to do
that but I personally prefer the ones that are like microwavable heat packs
ones that you can put in the microwave I just find them more convenient they get
to a hotter degree and last longer again using those heat packs every day is
gonna help melt those oils the thickened oils stuck in the meibomian glands so
that they actually run smoother and it allows them to kind of run more freely
so that way it doesn’t get clogged up and then those meibomian glands continue
to live on and I find the combination of those two doing both the eyelid
cleansing and the heat compresses kind of work synergistically together because
then you’re treating both the anterior blepharitis and the posterior
blepharitis together so I have a question of the day have you ever tried
any of these products do you like the lid scrubs better or do you like the
hypochlorous acid spray better go ahead and comment in the section below I’d
love to hear what you think. alright guys thanks so much for watching if you like
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