Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Eyelid Irritation Treatment

The treatment of blepharitis includes:

  • Discard contacts and eye solutions.
  • Do not wear contacts until the infection is resolved.
  • Do not wear eye makeup.
  • Gentle eyelid cleansing:
    • Performed twice a day
  • Warm compresses to eyelids

Blepharitis may be caused by an infection. The treatment of infectious blepharitis varies with the type of organism that causes the infection.

Treatment for bacterial blepharitis may include:
  • Discard contacts and eye solutions.
  • Do not wear contacts until the infection is resolved.
  • Do not wear eye makeup.
  • Gentle eyelid cleansing:
    • Performed twice a day
  • Warm compresses on the eyelids
  • Antibiotic eye ointments
  • Antibiotic eyedrops
  • Oral antibiotics for blepharitis

Treatment for lice blepharitis may include:
  • 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.
  • Apply petroleum jelly to the base of the lashes.
  • Medication for head lice

Treatment for viral blepharitis may include:
  • 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.
  • Antiviral medications:

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Eyelid Irritation Questions For Doctor

The following are some important questions to ask before and after the treatment of 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?

Eyelid Irritation Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat blepharitis:

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Last Updated: Oct 12, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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