typical consultation without insurance would be somewhere around 125-200 dollars. However the treatment of blepharitis is fairly basic. I will outline it for you.
Blepharitis is an infection of the lids and lashes. Common findings in someone with blepharitis can range from subtle collections of yellow colored debris or flakes on the lashes to not so subtle crusting, clumping on lashes, red eyelid borders with thickening of the lids and oil gland orifices.
The treatment consists of 3 things and must be done consistently for effective control and cure.
First, you take a a warm wash cloth or warm compress and lay it across your lids for 5 minutes (heat must be applied for 5 mins). This helps the oil glands get moving again and helps losen up the debris on the lashes.
Next you take some baby shampoo and mix it with water (50/50) and use a wash cloth to rub across and cleanse the skin and lashes. This helps remove the debris.
Last, you apply antibiotic ointment, like erythromycin ophthalmic ointment to the base of the lashes.
This regimen helps get rid of or control the infection in about 2 weeks. You may try this without the antibiotic ointment first, but may need to talk to your doctor for a prescription for the erythromycin ophthalmic ointment if your symptoms do not resolve fully.
I hope this helps, this condition is a nuisance for many people and until the diagnosis is made, it can lead to lots of irritation and discomfort.
i wish you well, Dr. Stevens
Doc, thanks for your reply. I cannot pay you now because my credit card has been misplaced, and the number cancelled. I am waiting for the new card to arrive. Then I shall pay you. I currently have an open question with an appliance man. When I rang your bell I was just intending to see if the pricing is the same for ophtalmologsts and and appliance repair guys. I did not anticipate entering the Q&A phase. But no matter.
I have been studying blepharitis on line and believe I have the staphylococcal varity. Does that alter your suggestion for the type of antibiotic?
I live very near the US-Mexico border so I can probably pick up the ointment without a script. Thanks
Thanks for the update, I am glad you are getting a bit better, Regards