My daughter has been diagnosed with blepharitis. She has been wearing contacts for a long time and doctor is concerned that she maybe developing a sensitivity to contacts. She had sinus surgery, just one year ago but continues to get infections. What would be the best advice to keep from getting this again? I guess it can be chronic. She is not permitted to wear her contacts now. What causes a sensitivity to the contacts? Thank you.
Person's Gender: Female
Person's Age: 35
Been to the doctor.
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Contact sensitivity is usually from protein buildup on the lenses. I suggest using daily disposable contacts to get around this issue.
Blepharitis is a chronic problem. The best thing to do is treat it every day at home. Antibiotics are not needed nor are any expensive lid scrub pads...
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.
By using daily disposable contacts and getting her bleparitis under control she should be able to go back to contact lenses.
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My daughter wears every day contacts. Does this mean she may always have to wear her glasses? She has a very strong prescription. :(
I am glad to hear that she is using the daily disposable contacts as I think they are the safest and best, XXXXX XXXXX patients like your daughter who are having difficulties.I think that she will be able to wear her contacts again once she can get her anterior segment/tear film/blepharitis issues under control.If she continues to have problems, even after doing the above therapy for 3 weeks or so, I think it would be worthwhile to consult with a corneal/external disease specialist as he would be the best trained person to get her back into her contacts. Does this make sense?