For those who suffer from chronic inflammation of the eyelids, they are not alone. The most common eye disease known, blepharitis, leaves sufferers with eyes and eyelids that itch, burn, and are red. Many times, the eyelids stick together in the morning from a crust that forms during the night. The edge of the eyelid is always affected by blepharitis, but sometimes the inner lining of the eye, the clear outer layer of the eye, and the skin of the eyelid can also be affected.
Adults seem to suffer with blepharitis more than children, and certain families seem to develop this condition along with Down’s syndrome children. Luckily, there is now a way to experience lasting blepharitis relief.
Types of Blepharitis
To understand the overall condition of blepharitis, it is important to have a knowledge of the structure of the eyelid. The eyelid is made up of two layers. These two layers can be independently affected by blepharitis. Since each layer of the eyelid contains unique configurations, one or both of these layers may be affected.
The front part of the eyelid can develop a burning, itching, or irritation. The cause of this type of pain is most often due to a bacterial infection or a chronic inflammatory skin condition known as seborrheic dermatitis. When this happens, the anterior or front part of the eyelid is diagnosed with anterior blepharitis.
If the inner layer of the eyelid becomes inflamed, posterior blepharitis is often the diagnosis. The inside layer of the eyelid contains small glands that secrete oils that protect the eye from dirt and debris. However, when these glands become irritated from a bacterial infection, the production of excess oils can cause the eyes to feel like they are burning. The eyelids may also appear red and swollen. It is believed that bacteria can plug the glands in this part of the eyelid.
Dermatitis is an inflammation of the skin. When the scalp, eyebrows, and eyelids are affected, seborrheic dermatitis is often the cause. Interestingly, two-thirds of patients who suffer from anterior blepharitis also suffer from seborrheic dermatitis. Since seborrheic dermatitis leads to skin that secretes oil, swells the eyelids, and causes the skin to scale and flake, the itching and burning of the eyes can be quite severe. One or both eyelid layers can be affected.
Complications from Blepharitis
When an abscess forms in the hair follicles or sweat glands of the eyelid, a stye is present. A stye forms quickly and is often very painful. A stye occurs in one out of three patients with blepharitis. Warm compresses often help soothe these painful areas.
Often following the formation of a stye ( which is infectious), or a chalazion is a hard nodule that is created from oils that are trapped in a blocked gland of the eyelid. Unlike a stye, a chalazion is normally not painful. A chalazion forms after blepharitis occurs in the anterior or posterior eyelid. Many patients who have reoccurring blepharitis continually develop a chalazion. To stop this recurring chalazion, treat the blepharitis which is often caused by dry eyes. To prevent a chalazion from forming, keeping the glands of the eyelid free from blockage is necessary.
Treatment Options for Blepharitis
To prevent blepharitis from occurring, keeping the eyelids clean and the glands free from blockage is necessary. Crust and sticky secretions can quickly lead to infection, burning, and redness. A warm wash cloth applied to the eyelid can help to remove some of the sticky secretions. Cleaning the lids several times a day can also help. However, bacteria and mites which anchors onto the eye lashes tend to recur causing this cycle of re-infection. In severe cases, some doctors prescribe antibiotics. Blepharitis symptoms are difficult to treat and prevention is often easier, but it requires special attention from the patient.
TheraLife has a solution to help those suffering from blepharitis:
- Eye Lid Cleanser – TheraLife has created an eye lid cleanser that helps to clean the eyelid and stops the reattachment of bacteria and mites that can cause inflammation.
- Hot Compress – Once the eye has been cleaned thoroughly, a hot compress can open up clogged meibomian oil glands. A steady flow of oil to the eye not only soothes red, irritated eyes, but keeps bacteria from forming. A hot wash cloth is simply not good enough. A gel time or bean baggy that can be heated in the microwave oven is the preferred solution.
- TheraLife Eye Capsules – TheraLife has created a line of oral capsules to help the cells of the eyes restore balance/functions, reduce inflammation and sustain tears all day long.
TheraLife All-In-One Starter Kit
TheraLife has created a complete kit to help those who suffer from blepharitis. The kit contains 4 bottles of TheraLife Eye capsules, 1 bottle of molecularly distilled purified Fish Oil, 1 bottle of eye lid cleanser, and 1 gel hot compress—everything needed to relieve blepharitis. As with all TheraLife products, there is a 90-day money back guarantee.
Don’t continue to suffer with red, itchy, irritated eyes. Order your TheraLife All-In-One Starter Kit and help your eyes find relief and stay healthy.
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