Everyone has bacteria on the surface of their skin, but in some people, thrive in the skin t the base of the eyelashes. Large amounts of bacteria around the eyelashes can cause dandruff-like scales and particles to form along the lashes and eyelid margins.
Blepharitis is often a chronic condition, but it can be controlled with the following treatments:
Wet a clean washcloth with warm water and lace it over you closed eyelids for at least one minute. Repeat two or three times, rewetting the washcloth as it cools. This will loosen debris on your eyelids.
Using a clean washcloth with mild baby shampoo or commercially available preparation, gently scrub the base of your eyelashes for about 15 seconds.
Your ophthalmologist may prescribe an antibiotic ointment. Using a clean fingertip, gently apply a small amount of ointment to the base of your lashes before bedtime.
Because blepharitis can be a persistent problem, you should practice good skin and eyelid hygiene to prevent recurrences. In addition to careful cleansing of your eyelashes, washing your hair, scalp, and eyebrows with antibacterial shampoo can also help control blepharitis.