- Posterior blepharitis, linked to dysfunction of meibomian glands within the eyelids that secrete oils to help lubricate the eye.
- A burning sensation in the eyes.
- A gritty/sandy sensation in the eyes.
- Crusty eyelashes.
- Eyelashes may grow abnormally (misdirected).
- Eyelids appear greasy.
- Eyelids may stick together when waking up after sleep.
- Flaky skin around the eyes.
- Loss of eyelashes.
- Photophobia - sensitivity to light.
- Red eyes.
- Watery eyes.
- Swabbing skin for testing. In certain cases, your doctor may use a swab to collect a sample of the oil or crust that forms on your eyelid. This sample can be analyzed for bacteria, fungi or evidence of an Allergy.
- Gently rub the compress over your closed eyelids for two to three minutes, then repeat. This will help loosen any crusting.
- Use a cloth or cotton bud with warm water and a small amount of cleaning solution (see below), and gently rub the edge of your eyelids to clean them.
- Always use a mirror when cleaning your eyelids to prevent any possible damage to your eyes.
- Carry out these steps twice a day at first, then once a day when your symptoms have improved.
- Do not wear eye make-up, particularly eyeliner and mascara, as this can make your symptoms worse. If you have to wear eyeliner, make sure that it washes off easily.
- Fucithalmic TM.
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