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Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelids caused by having dry eyes. However, successful Blepharitis eradication is possible. What it takes is to treat the underlying cause of blepharitis simultaneously. Must treat the eyelid infection, the dry eyes, and the clogged meibomian gland (MGD) all at the same time. TheraLife has a three-fold approach for completely curing blepharitis.

What affects vision?

The anatomy of the eye includes complex structures that allow us to see. Every part has to work well for us to see. When one of these main structures is not functioning, it can impair vision.

Cornea:-the clear tissue located in the front of the eye

Iris:-the colored part of the eye

Pupil:- a dark circle in the middle of the iris that regulates the amount of light allowed into the eye

Lens – a small clear disk directly behind the iris and pupil allows light into the retina and focuses the images. 

Retina: – he very back of the eye that senses light with photoreceptors. 

What is blepharitis?

Blepharitis is an infection of the eyelids. The eyelids protect the cornea from an invasion of foreign substances, injury, or infection. The meibomian glands located on the eyelid produce a liquid to thicken tears and lubricants the whole eye. Blepharitis is an infection that can clog up the meibomian oil gland that secretes the fluid to coat the cornea.

What causes blepharitis?

At the base of every eyelash is an opening where tiny oil glands are called meibomian glands. The inflammation of the meibomian oil glands of the eyelids causes blepharitis. In addition, inflammation of the oil gland can cause irritation, itchy, and crusting of the eyes. When the meibomian oil gland becomes clogged and cannot release liquid onto the eye- this is how you get dry eyes. 

Allergic reactions to makeup, hairspray, animals, chemicals, or airborne allergens are some of the causes of blepharitis. 

Bacterial infections such as Staphylococci or even head lice, mites can cause an inflammation of the eyelids.

What are the symptoms and signs of blepharitis?

Blepharitis usually occurs in both eyes and affects both the upper and lower eyelids. Some of the symptoms include:

  • Dry eyes 
  • Itchy and irritated eyelids
  • Burning
  • Sandy, gritty feeling
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Crusty eyes
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Swollen eyelids
  • Flaking of skin around the eyelid 
  • Crusty eyelashes in the morning.
  • Loss of eyelashes
  • Eyelashes are growing sideways into the eyes. 
  • Dandruff like patches on the lashes and eyebrows
  • Bubbly or frothy tears

Often people are told that the problem is “recurrent conjunctivitis” or “dry eye” due to the common symptoms associated with both. But, unfortunately, eye drops that only lubricate the top layer of the cornea do little to improve blepharitis treatment or cure the condition.

Diagnosis for blepharitis

Eye doctors will evaluate the eyelid margins, oil gland openings, tear quality (Tear breakup test) and quantity (Schirmer’s test), and the base of the eyelashes. Sometimes, cultures are taken of the discharge and sent to the laboratory for further examination. If the culprit is the cause of your blepharitis, an allergy evaluation may also be needed.

Is it possible to prevent blepharitis?

With good eyelid hygiene routines in place, blepharitis can be successfully controlled but not cured. The multi-factorial causes of blepharitis made it very difficult. However, understanding what causes blepharitis and avoiding agents that may trigger an episode is valuable in prevention.

How can I treat blepharitis?

In cases of chronic blepharitis, treating dry eyes and meibomian gland need ensures full recovery and future prevention. TheraLife has a complete solution to your dry eye problems for blepharitis relief.  

Good hygiene is one of the most critical blepharitis treatments.   For example, to soften debris and oils on the lid, apply a warm wet compress to the eyes for ten minutes a couple of times a day. 

After the warm compress loosens up the debris, clean the eyelids with a cotton ball or cotton swab with an over-the-counter cleanser for the eyes. We highly recommend Avenova.  

We recommend that you do not wear makeup until blepharitis is totally under control. However, this may not be possible for today’s modern woman. Switching from contact lenses to glasses, even temporarily, will help. The key to blepharitis treatment is to keep the eyelids clean and free of dirt or other irritants.

 Topical or oral treatments to fight the bacteria are also effective in blepharitis treatment. Once you know the offending agent – bacteria, mites, etc., it becomes much easier to avoid the irritant, and blepharitis treatment becomes more successful. They add omega-3 fatty acids, intense light treatment on the glands, and even thermal lid massage successfully in blepharitis treatment.

How can Theralife Help?

Finally, adding TheraLife eye capsules as blepharitis treatment and dry eye treatment is a must! By promoting the production of your healing tears, natural dry eye relief is possible. End dry eye pain and discomfort by getting to the root of the problem. TheraLife can assist you in cutting your dependence on eye drops while restoring your vision. End your eye pain today with TheraLife!  

Learn more about the TheraLife Starter Kit 

Blepharitis Testimonial

Blepharitis MGD Recovery  

I have had blepharitis that would come concurrent with a pink eye for quite a few years, but it has always gone away pretty quickly on its own. However, this last time, blepharitis and dry eye did not leave, and it became pretty disruptive to my life. My eye doctor gave me eye drops, which only made my eyes feel even drier. I felt as though I had no hope for my eyes, and they were going to keep getting worse and worse. I finally decided to try Theralife, despite being reasonably skeptical, and I’m So glad I did. I’ve been taking it for just over two weeks, and I already feel so much better. This morning I woke up, and my eyes were almost white instead of bright red. My blurry vision cleared, the stickiness is gone from the eyes, and the stinging has nearly left.

I’m looking forward to them getting better and better. Thanks so much!”

Cindi- USA

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