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what is blepharitis is it serious

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what is blepharitis? is it serious?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Eye
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.

Dr. Rick :

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Dr. Rick :

It is a condition where the glands on your eyelids (meibomium glands) get plugged up. This causes irritation, itching, gunk buildup, dry eyes and, at times, blurred vision.

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It is very common and, luckily, it can be treated at home in the vast majority of cases without the use of antibiotic pills, drops or creams.

Dr. Rick :

Blepharitis is a condition where glands in the eyelids are not functioning normally. They become plugged and instead of putting out their normal clear, oily secretions, they put out thick, toothpaste like gunk. You may not be able to see this “gunk” yourself, unless it is really bad, but it shows up clearly on slit lamp examination.

The best treatment for this condition daily lid scrubs combined with warm compresses. I like to use baby shampoo for lid scrubs. In the shower, place the shampoo on your index fingers, close your eyes, raise your eyebrows (to stretch the skin on your eyelids) and scrub back and forth along your eyelashes for 3 to 5 minutes. The hot water in the shower helps to soften the plugged oils in the glands while the mechanical scrubbing with your soapy fingers removes the oils.

Baby shampoo lid scrubs will also help to wash away allergens and stimulate tear production,

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It is not serious in the sense that it can lead to blindness, but it can cause problems with contact lens wear.

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Does this answer your question? Does it make sense to you?

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Here is a link to a fairly extensive article on the topic:

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Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Let me know if you would like to discuss this issue further. Have a good day.
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago.
Also, thank you for asking for me. If I may ask, how did you choose me to answer your question?
Expert:  Dr. Rick replied 5 years ago. I see why you picked me. And I was hoping it was my dashing good looks :)

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