Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelids.

It makes the eyelids red and crusty and your eyes feel sore or itchy. The eyelids can become puffy. The symptoms are usually worse in the morning and it is not associated with damage to the eyes.


Blepharitis is most common in people over 50, but it can develop at any age. As you get older, the tears contain fewer lubricants and your eyes can feel gritty and dry.
Firstly, if you have blepharitis, avoid eye make-up.

There are treatments which can help you reduce the effects of blepharitis. You may need the treatment for several months.

    • Warm compresses

Warm compresses warm the material that blocks the glands and loosens the crusts on the eyelid, making them easier to remove. We advise using the Eyebag or Eye Doctor as a highly-effective warm compress.  You can alternatively use a flannel as a warm compress. Soak the flannel in hot, not boiling water, and place the flannels on the shut eyelids for five minutes, massaging gently with your hands. This will loosen the crusts, you can then use lid scrubs.

    • Lid scrubs

We strongly advise Blephasol or Ocusoft, however, baby shampoo may also be used as an alternative.  Use a cotton bud moistened with cooled boiled water (from kettle) and baby shampoo (1 part to 4 part water) and gently apply the solution to the lashes. This procedure should be carried out daily to dissolve the oils causing the irritation.

    • Lubricants

Using a comfort drop can help to lubricate the eye and make it feel more comfortable.  We advise using preservative-free lubricants for long term use, or sensitive eyes.



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