This is an inflammatory condition
affecting the edge of the eyelids. The cause is often unknown. Prolonged
treatment may be required before it is effective and despite this, the
condition may recur.
Signs and Symptoms
Red, inflamed eyelids
Crusting around the eyelashes
Itching and discomfort
First - Eye makeup removal.
All makeup should be thoroughly removed every
evening. We suggest 'SIMPLE Extra gentle eye Makeup Remover', available
from most chemists. Use hypoallergenic makeup or that suitable for
contact lens wearers, and avoid any which cause irritation.
Second - Heat application.
Using a clean face flannel wrung out in tapwater
as hot as is comfortable, apply as a hot compress to the eyelids for about
5 minutes, morning and evening. This softens debris and crusts and
allows oil to flow out of the glands and onto the eyelids.
Third – Lid toilet.
Using a ‘no tears’ baby shampoo, make up a
cleansing solution as follows:
Place one teaspoon of baby shampoo in a cup
of boiled water. Allow to cool and make sure the shampoo has dissolved.
This solution will last for 1 week after which it has to be renewed.
Dip a clean cotton wool bud in the solution and rub the base of the eyelashes
quite firmly to remove the crustiness. Use a new cotton wool bud for each
eye. Repeat this every morning and evening, unless otherwise instructed
by the nurse or doctor.