Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Bacterial Blepharitis Treatment

Gentle eyelid cleansing is recommended for all causes of blepharitis. Additional treatment for blepharitis depends on the cause. Blepharitis caused by seborrheic dermatitis, rosacea or allergies requires long-term therapy. The treatment of infectious blepharitis varies with the type of organism that causes the infection. Eye drops or ointments may be required, but infectious blepharitis usually resolves within 1 to 2 weeks.

General care for blepharitis includes:

  • Gentle eyelid cleansing:
    • Performed twice a day
  • Warm compresses on the eyelids
  • Do not wear contacts until the inflammation is resolved.
  • Do not wear eye makeup.

Additional treatment for bacterial blepharitis may include:
  • Discard contacts and eye solutions.
  • Antibiotic eye ointments
  • Antibiotic eyedrops
  • Oral antibiotics for blepharitis

Additional treatment for lice blepharitis may include:

Additional treatment for viral blepharitis may include:

Additional treatment for chronic blepharitis may include:

Bacterial Blepharitis Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of infectious blepharitis.

Questions to ask before treatment:

  • What are my treatment options?
  • What are the risks associated with treatment?
  • Am I contagious?
    • For how long?
  • What are the complications I should watch for?
  • How long will I be on medication?
  • What are the potential side effects of my medication?
  • Does my medication interact with nonprescription medicines or supplements?
  • Should I take my medication with food?

Questions to ask after treatment:
  • When can I resume my normal activities?
  • When can I return to work?
  • What else can I do to reduce my risk for having this problem again?
  • How often will I need to see my doctor for checkups?
  • What local support and other resources are available?

Bacterial Blepharitis Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat infectious blepharitis:

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Last Updated: May 12, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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