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Irritated Eyelids (Blepharitis)

Blepharitis, a common inflammatory condition, causes irritation, itching, and burning of the eyelids. It can also cause irritation, inflammation, or styes of the cornea (keratitis) or conjunctiva (conjunctivitis). Blepharitis is characterized by sandy, itchy eyes, red or swollen eyelids, and crusty or flaky skin on the eyelids.

Blepharitis, or irritated eyelids, can often be a chronic condition that can be managed with more attention to lid hygiene. Soak a clean washcloth in warm tap water, place the washcloth on closed eyelids for five minutes, then repeat. Next, gently scrub the eyelids with a washcloth or cotton swab soaked in a mixture of equal parts of baby shampoo and water. Rinse the eyelids thoroughly with warm water. Repeat this procedure two to three times per day for two weeks. Then reduce it to once a day. You may need to use anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drops or ointments for severe cases or flare-ups.

Visit Retina & Vitreous of LA for Your Irritated Eyelids or Blepharitis


Whether you have irritated eyelids, blepharitis, or another eyesight condition, contact Retina & Vitreous of Louisiana. Our specialists can recommend treatments or perform procedures to restore your eyesight and reduce discomfort.

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