Blepharitis causes swollen, itchy eyelids. It’s not usually serious and can often be treated by washing your eyelids every day.


Check if you have blepharitis:
Blepharitis symptoms often come and go. Symptoms of blepharitis include:
  • Sore eyelids
  • Itchy eyes
  • A gritty feeling in the eyes
  • Flakes or crusts around the roots of the eyelashes
  • Eyelids sticking together in the morning when you wake up
Things you can do to treat and prevent blepharitis
  • Clean your eyelids twice a day to start with and then once a day as your symptoms improve

  • Continue to clean your eyes, even if your symptoms clear up

  • Do not wear contact lenses while you have symptoms

  • Do not use eye makeup, especially eyeliner and mascara, while you have symptoms

How to clean your eyes
  1. Soak a clean flannel or cotton wool in warm water and place it on your closed eyelid for 5 to 10 minutes.
  2. Gently massage your eyelids for around 30 seconds.
  3. Clean your eyelids using cotton wool or a cotton bud. It might help to use a small amount of baby shampoo in water. Gently wipe along the edge of your eyelids to remove any flakes or crusts.
An optometrist can help with blepharitis
An optometrist might be able to suggest things to help keep your eyelids clean, including:
  • Eye pads and wipes
  • Eyedrops
Introducing Blephaclean®
  • Blephaclean is a daily eyelid wipe containing a gentle, micellar solution, free from preservatives, parabens, soap and perfumes
  • Blephaclean keeps the eyelids clean whilst respecting the skin around the eyes and its natural bacteria

Blephaclean wipes are used to help treat symptoms of blepharitis (eyelid inflammation) which is commonly associated with dry eye disease and meibomian gland dysfunction.

Blephaclean wipes are clinically proven to reduce symptoms of blepharitis;2 after 21 days of twice-daily use, patient OSDI scores were reduced to ‘asymptomatic’ in 55% of patients, with significant overall improvements in ocular comfort (p<0.001).

Blephaclean wipes improved ocular symptoms, with patients reporting less crusting around the eyelashes, redness around lid margins, heavy or puffy eyelids and eyelids stuck together in the mornings.

Blepharitis is a key cause of cataract cancellations. Providing pre-operative cataract patients with lid hygiene advice resulted in a 58% reduction (p=0.03) in cancellation rates. Microbial load on the eyelid was significantly reduced after using Blephaclean for 3 days compared to placebo.