I first noticed the problem when my eyes started feeling scratchy, occassionally felt like they had sand in them, felt itchy and turned a bright shade of red every morning. My ophthalmologist diagnosed me as having blepharitis.
A brochure he gave me says, "Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. The membrane covering the inside of the eyelid and the white of eye may also become inflamed." The brochure is published by Krames.
To treat it, right now, my doctor has me going through a daily regime using the components of the Alodox Covenience Kit by OCuSoft which includes:
- Doxycycline Hyclate tablets-its an antibiotic which according to Wikipedia goes back to the 1960s.
- OCusoft Lid Scrub Original Formula Foaming Eyelid Cleanser which I use every morning in the shower. Apparently, lots of crud like dandruff can build up and can cause the eyelids to be irritated and infected.
- Tranquileyes Moist Heat Therapy Goggles-I use this to provide moist heat to my eyelids. It contains the goggles made partially of sponge with two little removable plastic pillows which can produce heat. I do this once a day.
I have lots of questions: How long does it take to manage this condition? I've been at this for several months and it seems to be getting better very slowly. Are there any long-term side effects of taking doxycycline?
I bet there are many out there who have been treated for this blepharitis. Can you share your notes?
I'm not looking for medical advice. But I'm trying to become self-educated. I want to learn more about this. My eyes feel miserable when it flares up.