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New Treatment for Blepharitis -Oral Azithromycin

Oral azithromycin is an antibiotic that treats a variety of medical conditions, from infections to inflammation. Azithromycin is a very effective treatment for blepharitis. Azithromycin and be formulated as an oral pill or in liquid form as eye drops. Azithromycin is a macrolide antibiotic.   

What is blepharitis

Blepharitis is the inflammation of the eyelids caused by either bacteria or mites (Demodex). For more information, click here.


The root cause of blepharitis is chronic dry eyes. Blepharitis affects half of the people that visit their eye doctors due to dry eye conditions. Allergy sufferers frequently find that they suffer from blepharitis due to the prevalence of dry eye syndrome and ocular allergy.

What are the symptoms ?

Symptoms include:

  • Ocular and eyelid redness
  • Eye irritation
  • Itching on and around the eyelids
  • Burning sensation
  • Worsening of symptoms in the evening
  • Crusting of the eyes in the morning. 
What happens if left untreated?

Blepharitis left untreated can develop into more severe conditions such as meibomian gland dysfunction (clogging of oil glands along eyelashes called MGD), loss of eyelashes, chalazia, and Styes.

Anterior Versus Posterior Blepharitis

Anterior blepharitis is an infectious condition caused by Staphylococcus bacteria affecting the eyelids, causing crusty lashes, red and irritated eyes, and swelling of the eyelids.   

In posterior blepharitis, or meibomian gland disease, many symptoms are the same for anterior blepharitis, but additional symptoms also appear.  

Why MGD due to blepharitis matters

Inflammation of the tear oil glands ( MGD, Meibomian gland dysfunction) that restricts lubricant production, thickened eyelid margins, and dry eyes. Many cases present with both anterior and posterior blepharitis.

Traditional Treatments

Once the eye doctors make the diagnosis  -they prescribe traditional options such as:

  • Lid hygiene
  • Warm compresses – a hot washcloth is not good enough
  • Topical ointments applied at night
  • Oral tetracyclines or azithromycin

Although lid hygiene and warm compresses are effective treatments, they will not eliminate infectious material on the eyelid. Topical ointments are often messy and can be bothersome for people with a blurry vision from the ointment.  

Doxycycline  is effective

Doxycycline antibiotics are known to be effective for blepharitis. Doxycycline is strongly anti-inflammatory at 50mg/day. At higher doses, it is an antibiotic.

New Effective Treatment with Azithromycin

New researches have concluded that azithromycin eye drops are effective in treating blepharitis. Azithromycin is the crucial ingredient in Azasite – a prescription eye drop frequently used for Blepharitis treatment.  

Recommended treatment protocol

Therefore, more effective treatment for blepharitis would include:

  • Azithromycin ophthalmic solution 1%
  • Cleaning eyelids and lashes after hot compress– we highly recommend Avenova eyelid cleanser – hypochlorous-based.
  • Application of warm compresses twice a day, – 10 minutes each time. Gently massage eyelids afterward. 
  • Omega-3 fatty acids- 4000mg/day

TheraLife Eye capsules to restore and revive tear secretion glands and relieve dry eyes all day long. 

Azithromycin Clinical Trial Results

The positive results of azithromycin ophthalmic solution 1% work well. Usually, blepharitis takes weeks or months to resolve. Some of the drugs like steroids used to treat blepharitis have bad issues with long-term use. However, azithromycin’s ability to relieve blepharitis quickly eliminates this concern.

Anti-inflammatory properties of azithromycin

Azithromycin also has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Since inflammation is at the center of blepharitis – azithromycin is the preferred treatment of choice for blepharitis. 

Design of clinical study for azithromycin

In one clinical study, 150 patients with blepharitis were treated with lid hygiene or either erythromycin ointment or azithromycin. After one month, 98.5% of patients who used azithromycin were completely recovered compared to 37.5% of patients in the other group.

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People with blepharitis and dry eyes have successfully been treated with TheraLife products plus azithromycin. TheraLife provides complete recovery for people with dry eyes, blepharitis, and MGD.   

The complete solution for recurring blepharitis is the TheraLife All-In-One Starter Kit. This kit provides users with everything needed to find relief from blepharitis. This discounted starter kit includes:

  • Four bottles of TheraLife Eye to revive intra-cellular tissue and restore balanced, sustainable tears
  • One bottle of Pure Omega 3 Fish Oil to fight inflammation and thicken tears.
  • One bottle of eyelid cleanser to clean the eyes and stop reattachment of bacteria and mites that are the leading cause of inflammation
  • One gel hot compress to open clogged meibomian oil glands
  • 90-day money-back guarantee
TheraLife Eye Capsules

TheraLife eye capsules contain clinically proven ingredients that allow the eyes to produce natural tears and stop the painful dry eye cycle. 

A healthier long-term solution to the treatment of dry eyes, these capsules help stop the use of eye drops that can dry eyes out.

Omega 3 Fish Oil

Fish oil is a well-known anti-inflammatory for people with dry eyes, blepharitis, and MGD. It also helps to thicken tears for added protection of the ocular surface.

Avenova Eyelid Cleanser

Avenova eyelid cleanser is a natural product that contains hypochlorous acid. Avenova is a gentle and effective cleanser that disrupts the biofilm layer and prevents bacteria and mites from reattaching. Avenova includes ingredients that the body already produces.

Hot Compress

The hot compress eliminates the need to reheat a washcloth and stays warm for up to 20 minutes. Meibomian glands need this extended time to unclog and allow the thick lubricates to flow.

To learn more, click here.

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