Lifestyle and home remedies

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Self-care measures such as the following may be the only treatment necessary for most cases of blepharitis.

Clean your eyes daily

If you have blepharitis, follow this self-care remedy two to four times a day during flare-ups and once or twice a day after the condition is under control:

  • Apply a warm compress over your closed eye for several minutes to loosen the crusty deposits on your eyelids.
  • Immediately afterward, use a washcloth moistened with warm water and a few drops of diluted baby shampoo to wash away any oily debris or scales at the base of your eyelashes. Use a different clean cloth for each eye.
  • In some cases, you may need to be more deliberate about cleaning the edge of your eyelids where your eyelashes are located. To do this, gently pull your eyelid away from your eye and use the washcloth to gently rub the base of the lashes. This helps avoid damaging your cornea with the washcloth. Ask your doctor whether you should use a topical antibiotic ointment after cleaning your eyelids in this way.
  • Rinse your eyelids with warm water and gently pat it dry with a clean, dry towel.

It also may be a good idea to stop using eye makeup when your eyelids are inflamed. Makeup can make it harder to keep your eyelids clean and free of debris. Also, it's possible that makeup could reintroduce bacteria to the area or cause an allergic reaction.

Lubricate your eyes

Try over-the-counter artificial tears. These lubricating eyedrops may help relieve dry eyes.

Control dandruff and mites

If you have dandruff that's contributing to your blepharitis, ask your doctor to recommend a dandruff shampoo. Using a dandruff-controlling shampoo may relieve your blepharitis signs and symptoms. Using tea tree shampoo on your eyelids each day may help deal with mites. Or try gently scrubbing your lids once a week with a 50 percent tea tree oil, which is available over-the-counter.

March 13, 2015

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