How to control blepharitis

They key to controlling the condition is to keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean.

  • Always wash your hands first
  • Use cotton buds dipped in warm, previously boiled water
  • Use each cotton bud once on one eye only and then discard
  • Several cotton buds may be required for each eyelid
  • Never place a used cotton bud back into the cleaning solution
  • Do not clean the inside of the eyelids
  • Thoroughly cleanse the edge of the eyelids and remove any crusts, paying particular attention around the roots of the eyelashes.

You may be advised to use sodium bicarbonate solution. You should prepare a fresh solution each day as follows:

Sodium bicarbonate solution

Add a quarter of a teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate to a cup of cooled boiled water and mix thoroughly.

Other medications

It is important to use all the medications in the way your eye health professional tells you.

Put any eye drops into your eyes before you apply ointment to treat your blepharitis.

Apply the ointment to the outer edges of the eyelids and gently massage in to the base of the eyelashes.

You may need to take antibiotics for several weeks and you should always finish the course of tablets. If you experience any side effects, stop taking the tablets and contact your GP as soon as possible.

There is no direct connection between blepharitis and glaucoma. However, many people with glaucoma suffer from blepharitis.

For more information or advice, contact our Sightline on 01233 64 81 70 or email