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Eyelid wipes for blepharitis

Question

I was diagnosed with blepharitis last year. Whilst listending to your video link, you mentioned something you can put on the lid to soften the infection and draw it out. Can you tell me what this is?

Also, I recenty had an eye test with Boots and was given script for reading and distance. I asked if this could be due to the blurred vision from the eye infection and was told he did not think so. I am unsure what to do. Persevere and try to get this under control or go with glasses. Possibly both. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

Answer Written answer:
Qualified optometrist Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom answers this question.

Blepharitis does not normally affect your vision or prescription. The best advise and treatment for blepharitis I have seen is on the NHS website I have posted below. Lid wipes specifically designed for this condition can be helpful, and amoung the makes available are Blephaclean, Lumecare Eyelid-Wipes, Blephasol Lotion and Supranettes Sterile Eye-Cleaning Wipes. If you cannot find any in the pharamcy or opticians, they are readily available on the internet. 

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Blepharitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

 

 

Optician's Biography

Simon Kay BSc(Hons) MCOptom has been a qualified Optometrist for over 30 years, and has a vast experience of almost all aspects of optometry. He joined Specsavers Opticians in 1993 first in Liverpool and for 15 years as a director of Lancaster and Morecambe. He served on many panels and committees whilst a director, including those responsible for IT design and professional advancement. He was regional chairman of the North West directors of Specsavers for over 12 years and as such was involved in almost all aspects of optometry on a business and professional level. He has been involved on the Local Optical Committee for many years and is currently Vice Chairman in his area.
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