Blepharitis is a common condition, one which occurs with 1 in every 20 patients who complain of eye related problems at NHS GPs. This condition causes the eyelids or the corner of the eyes to become red, sore, itchy and inflamed and it can cause eyelids to stick together. Signs of Blepharitis are swelling around the eyelid area, crusty residue around the corners of the eye or on the eyelashes, and difficulty opening your eyes when you wake up. It is recommended that you visit your doctor or see an eye specialist if you are unable to manage these symptoms yourself or if you are suffering from frequent infections. But normally, Blepharitis can be treated in the comfort of your own home with a few easy remedies.
Although this condition is more common with people over 40, it can occur at any age and can cause extreme discomfort if not managed with the right care. If you or a member of your family suffers from Blepharitis or symptoms which seem similar, here are 5 quick and easy ways to help you soothe your eyes and relieve them from both swelling and irritation.
1. Frequent Eyelid Cleansing
This is the quickest and simplest way of both treating and preventing Blepharitis attacks. Eyelid hygiene can often be overlooked but if you suffer from dry, itchy eyelids or inflammation of the eye area, cleansing properly and thoroughly is absolutely essential and should be a part of your everyday routine. Ocusoft Lid Scrub is one of the best hygiene solutions around for removing dirt, oil, makeup and debris from your eyelids and it comes available in the Ocusoft Lid Scrub Foam or Ocusoft Pre Moistened Pads for complete convenience.
2. Have a Hot Shower
For immediate relief, take a hot shower and turn your face upwards towards the shower head with your eyes closed. The heat form the water will help to melt away the crusty debris and the warmth of the shower will help to soothe any itching, burning and irritation. For continued relief after your shower, you can used a hot towel to place over the eyes.
3. Use a Hot Eye Compress
Just like having a hot shower, a hot eye compress can help to soothe any feelings of burning and itching and will provide immediate relief from your discomfort. A hot eye compress is safe to use and it can be applied at any time of day, and can also be used by people of all ages. If you want to use a hot eye compress to treat your Blepharitis, just be sure to choose a product that has been made with a natural filling and opt for a compress with a non-abrasive outer so you don’t create more irritation or any allergic reactions. The Eye Mask by The Body Doctor at Select Specs is a 100% natural grain filled compress and can be used over and over again; simply heat in the microwave for 30 seconds and place over the effected area.
4. Use a Drop of Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is a natural oil made from the leaves of the Melaleuca Alternifolia (tea tree), and it’s known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Tea tree oil has long been used to treat various dermatological problems and skin infections and some people like to use it to soothe the itching / burning feelings that occur with Blepharitis. Mix a small drop of tea tree oil with vegetable oil to dilute the formula then use a cotton bud to apply carefully to the eyelids, avoiding getting any in the eye. Once applied, there will be a cooling / tingling sensation but this will subside and over time, it can help to relieve any feelings of discomfort.
5. Treat Your Eyes with Potato Masks
This treatment is 100% natural and costs very little; using potatoes, you can create soothing eye masks which will cool and moisturise the skin. Rich in vitamin C, potatoes will help to lift dead skin cells whilst targeting dry skin problems and this can all be easily done in the comfort of your own home. Pop them in the fridge for 20 minutes for a cooling mask that will also reduce inflammation.