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Eyelid Disorders


Eyelid Inflamation

In blepharitis both upper and lower eyelids become coated with oily debris and bacteria near the base of the eyelashes. The eye feels irritated and may become inflamed.
Allergy to scales or bacteria may develop and lead to more serious inflammation of the eye tissues, particularly the cornea. The condition can begin in early childhood or develop later. Sufferers often tend to have oily skin, dandruff or dry eyes.

Blepharitis *

Blepharitis *

* All photographs were taken by Dr Davies and are used with the written permission of his patients.


Controlling Blepharitis

Blepharitis can be controlled relatively simply. Medication alone is not sufficient. The application of warmth and meticulous cleansing are the key to controlling the condition. Make sure the eyelids, lashes and glands along the eyelid margins are kept clean and free of accumulated oils and skin debris.

  • Warm compresses soften debris and accumulations, and open congested glands. Hold a clean washcloth soaked in hot water against the closed eyelids for 2–3 minutes. Be careful the temperature is not hot enough to burn the skin.
  • Gently scrub the base of the eyelashes with a clean thin washcloth, cotton swab or lint free pad for about 15 seconds per lid. Use a solution of baby shampoo or Lidcare (from pharmacy). Rinse with water.
  • Massage the eyelid with a finger, towards lashes (downwards in upper lids and upwards on lower lids), 5–10 times per eyelid. This helps move secretions out of eyelid glands.
  • Repeat this 3–4 times a day. Perform daily to prevent recurrence.


  • An antibiotic ointment
  • Short-term use of steroids
  • Artificial tears
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