Complete Guide To Naturally Curing Blepharitis

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natural cures for blepharitis

Blepharitis is a chronic and seemingly uncontrollable eye condition. It typically occurs when the tiny oil glands located at the base of your eyelashes become clogged.

The oils from these oil glands are essential for lubrication, moisture, and also for fighting off infections.

Blepharitis, as seen below, can be located on the upper or lower eyelid. Sometimes “crusties” develop which is a sign of infection.

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Blepharitis can be very frustrating and uncomfortable to deal with. If you have ever experienced it, you probably know how difficult it can be to keep under control.  It is chronic and can really take a big blow to your self-esteem (since everyone looks at your eyes for day-to-day conversations).

Even after seeing a doctor, many people still cannot seem to control their blepharitis despite the cocktail of antibiotics they are put on.

And to make things worse, antibiotics are only a temporary fix (if they work). You really should try to avoid taking too many antibiotics on a regular basis because they  wreak havoc on your digestive system.

The good news is, blepharitis can be successfully treated with natural remedies.

Although. it’s always a smart idea to see a doctor first and then look into natural treatments.

With that said, let’s take a look at what blepharitis sufferers have successfully used to treat their condition.

Castor Oil

castor oil for blehparitis

Image credit to Family O’Abé on Flickr. Creative commons.

Castor oil is one of the most common and effective natural remedies for blepharitis.

Castor oil has been used for centuries for its medicinal and therapeutic properties. It’s commonly used in many cosmetic products, soaps, and massage oils.

In fact, if your doctor diagnoses you with blepharitis, he may give you a prescription that actually contains castor oil. It’s well known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties.

But how can castor oil help your blepharitis?

Blepharitis typically has 3 primary issues: dryness, inflammation, and infection.

Castor oil works well for so many people because it addresses these three issues. The unsaturated fatty acids (oil) helps your eyelids retain moisture since the glands in your eyelid (Meibomian glands) aren’t working like they should.

The dryness causes irritation which makes it itchy, red, and painful. This is inflammation. And guess what? Castor oil fights off inflammation.

And lastly, since your Meibomian glands secrete oils that help prevent infections, it is common for people with blepharitis outbreaks to also get an infection in the area. This is marked by “crusties” and your eyelid becomes sealed shut–especially in the morning.

Castor oil actually has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. So when applied, it can fight off infections and keep them from coming back.

How to Use Castor Oil For Blepharitis

Before you even consider looking for a castor oil to buy, you MUST make sure that it is cold-press and hexane free. Hexane is a substance commonly used to chemically extract the oil from castor seeds.

The problem with this is that hexane, if used over time, can cause blindness.

If you want to play it on the safe side, I found a cold-pressed hexane-free castor oil for you here on Amazon.

Ok now let’s move on to getting rid of that blepharitis for you! Here is what you should do every night before bed:

  1. Once you have your hexane-free castor oil, you will need a simple dropper bottle. Some people claim to just use cotton swabs, but I think a dropper bottle is a better option because you don’t have to touch the eyelid with another potential irritant like cotton.
  2. Pour your castor oil into the dropper bottle and carefully put 1-2 drops on your eyelid. Do your best to blink several times to spread the oil around.
  3. Put on a sleep mask or something similar. This will keep you from touching or itching your eyes while you sleep which can make things way worse. Make sure to disinfect the sleep mask every day when you have a bad infection, and every few days for normal use with something like tea tree. Then thoroughly rinse afterwards with water.
  4. Continue doing this every night even when you don’t have a blepharitis flare up. This will prevent it from showing up in the future.

Manuka Honey

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Manuka honey was actually new to me until I began to research natural remedies for blepharitis. It’s a special form of honey that is produced in New Zealand by bees that pollinate the Manuka bush.

Even though most kinds of honey have antibacterial properties due to the naturally present hydrogen peroxide, Manuka honey contains substances that make it an even more powerful antibacterial agent. It contains a substance called methylglyoxal (MG), which is responsible for its ability to fight off infections.

Not only does Manuka honey help fight infections, it will also help retain moisture because it is thick and viscous.  Many people have said they’ve had considerable success in treating their blepharitis. If you want to give this treatment a try, this is what you need to do:

  1. Find the most potent Manuka honey you can find (between 16-20+). It’s going to be expensive, but you’re not eating it, so it should last a while. And if it works, it’s certainly worth it!
  2. Gently apply a small amount of honey to a portion of the affected area. Wait 30 minutes to see if there is a negative reaction (everyone is different). If your aggravated skin tolerates it, apply a thin layer to the affected area.
  3. Leave the honey there for around 10 minutes and wash it off.
  4. You can also experiment with leaving a small amount of Manuka honey on there overnight. Start with a small amount and work your way up—that way you don’t use too much.

You may not get results right away but countless people have claimed that it works very quickly. Although anecdotal, you can deny cases like this:

So, my wife, Julie, has been dealing with blepharitis for 14 months now. She went to an allergist, a dermatologist and aesthetician to seek treatment. She tried creams, ointments, steroid creams, air purifiers and vitamin therapy. On a few occasions, it went away and then came back even worse. Needless to say, she was getting enormously frustrated that this condition might go on forever since nothing that the doctors prescribed was working. I started looking for alternatives for her and came across a few people touting the claims of Manuka honey. We went to Whole Foods and bought the most potent Manuka honey we could find (+16). Julie put it on for 10 minutes at a time and left it on lightly overnight and, after one night, the upper eyelid inflammation and rash was GONE! After 48 hours, the entire thing was gone. She burst into tears after the first morning and is just absolutely stunned by how fast it worked and how effortless the application is. No side effects, no danger of a chemical in the eye…just all natural pure manuka honey did the trick.

~Posted by Karl on Earth Clinic

Baby Shampoo & Tea Tree Oil

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A lot of people also swear by tear-free baby shampoo. Baby shampoo is designed to be very gentle and allergen free. It is perfect for blepharitis because it can clean out the surface of the Meibomian glands without aggravating your blepharitis even more. Plus it moisturizes the eyelid.

If you were to take this route, I would add 4-7 drops of tea tree oil to the lotion container (make sure you mix it up). This will help when your blepharitis is causing an infection.

The application is pretty simple: just put some of your baby shampoo in a small bowl of warm water, mix it up, and gently apply it to your eyelid. Once you feel that you have cleaned your eyelids enough, rinse it off with warm water. Do this every night before bed.

Note: Before using tea tree, test it on a discrete location. Then monitor the area for 24 hours to see if your skin has a negative reaction to it. In rare cases, some people’s skin does not tolerate tea tree well.

Tea Tree Oil Mixed With Coconut Oil

coconut oil to naturally cure blepharitis

I’m guessing by this point, you are starting to notice a trend right?

All of the remedies so far have the ability to moisturize and fight infection. And that is just what tea tree oil and coconut oil does.

Tea tree oil is amazing for fighting off infections. It is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral.  Very few natural products, or even pharmaceutical drugs for that matter, have the ability to fight off all types of infections.

Ok, so tea tree oil can be a great treatment, but why coconut oil?

Coconut oil is composed of medium chain fatty acids. When applied to your skin, these fatty acids promote smooth and soft skin by helping it retain moisture. Make sure you purchase a coconut oil that is cold pressed like this one to avoid potentially harmful chemicals.

When combined, these two products can be a powerful remedy to prevent and fight off blepharitis.

To make this remedy, all you have to do is mix 1 tbsp of coconut oil with 2 drops of tea tree oil in a small container. Gently rub the mixture on the affected area before bed.

Continue to apply this mixture to your eye until the blepharitis clears up and continue this for the next 3-4 days to make sure it is fully gone.

Note: Before using coconut oil, test it on a discrete location. Then monitor the area for 24 hours to see if your skin has a negative reaction to it. In rare cases, some people’s skin does not tolerate coconut oil well.

Get a Thorough Allergy Test

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One of the proposed causes of blepharitis is allergies and sensitivities that manifest in the eyes. If you are serious about getting rid of your blepharitis once and for all, this is certainly worth a try. Because if you find the root cause, you will never have to worry about getting it again.

Here is a list of common allergies or sensitivities that could be causing your blepharitis:

  • Histamine excess
  • Gluten intolerance
  • Chemicals found in shampoos, beauty products, soap fragrances
  • Other food intolerances or allergies such as sugar or alcohol

The best way to find out if you have any of these would be to go to your doctor and request that they perform an extensive allergy test that covers food sensitivities and environmental chemicals.

Could Antibiotics Be The Cause?

When you take antibiotics, it completely changes the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. Sometimes this can lead to an increase in allergic interactions with certain foods. To fix this, you may want to consider taking a probiotic to restore your gut’s healthy bacteria.

If you have taken antibiotics for a long period of time, you may have to get another allergy test because the large change in your gut’s microbiome can potentially cause you to develop new allergies.

The point is, since allergies or sensitivities could be causing your blepharitis, and your gut health could be causing those allergies, it would be a good idea to make your gut is in tip-top shape.

Get Enough Omega 3s

omega 3 from fish oil

I am sure you have heard this before, but I cannot stress enough how important it is to get enough omega-3s in your diet. Omega-3s help fight off physical and mental disease, help lubricate your joints, and keep your skin soft and healthy.

Getting adequate omega-3s in your diet can help prevent your eyelids from drying out and help control inflammation. It also could help keep your Meibomian glands moist which may prevent them from getting clogged—but that is just my personal belief.

While it may not be the cure to your blepharitis, it could certainly help.

You can get omega-3s from these sources:

  • Salmon (wild only)
  • Krill oil
  • Fish Oil
  • Flaxseed Oil (however it does not contain much DHA which is the more important component of omega-3s)

Note: the daily recommended intake of omega-3 is 500mg but some take up to 1000 mg when they are taking it to cure a condition.

Final Words

When it comes to naturally treating blepharitis, consistency is key. Whichever natural remedy you choose, it is important that you stick to the treatment until the blepharitis is gone (and continue for several more days afterward).  Some people even continue to use their blepharitis natural treatment on a daily basis to prevent it from coming back.

But daily use of a natural remedy may be unnecessary if your blepharitis has an underlying cause that is related to an allergy or chemical sensitivity.

With that said, I wish you the best of luck with getting rid of your blepharitis. I know how much it can take a toll on your self-esteem and social life.

I truly hope that you find this article useful and it can be your guide to finally becoming free of blepharitis!

If you have any other suggestions for blepharitis sufferers, feel free to comment below. Every bit of information helps.

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  1. I just started noticing my eyes feel dry and crusty in the mornings and tiny white material surrounding the bottom of the hair follicle. I started using castor oil on my eyelashes 2 weeks ago to promote eyelash growth and then I realized I started getting the crusts on my eyelashes. I blame it on the castor oil since nothing in my beauty regime has changed and I don’t wear mascara ever. Any clue if the castor oil could have started it? Also, I just now did the coconut oil tea tree mix and my eyelashes are SUPER itchy. Is this okay?? I did hot water compresses this morning to try and release some of the crusts but am worried because eyelashes have started to fall out of my once beautiful long thick eyelashes. Would fresh slow from a plant help? Please any advice will be so helpeful!

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      This is not medical advice of any sorts, and is purely educational. Of course, always consult a medical professional before trying anything or making any health-based decisions.

      Now that that’s out of the way…there may be a slight chance that the castor oil could have caused this, but I have never heard of people having an issue. Did you use hexane free castor oil? Another possibility is if you applied the castor oil with a contaminated cue tip, finger, etc.

      As for the tea tree, it may have been too strong of a mixture or some people are hypersensitive to it. Have you tried manuka honey? It’s expensive, but people have raved about its effectiveness. If the eyelashes started to fall out after the tea tree I would definitely stop using it right away. But I honestly think it sounds like it got infected (manuka honey can help with that).

      As stated in the following link, eyelid inflammation and infection can cause a loss of eyelashes: http://cosmeticscop.com/2016/08/22/madarosis-eyelash-loss/

      Hope this helps! I wish you the best of luck with figuring your issue out 🙂

      Be well,
      Cameron

      1. Hi Cameron,

        Thank you for these great suggestions, I’m very hopeful that they’ll help me. I was wondering if you recommended mixing these techniques, or trying one thing first and seeing if it works. I’d like to attack this as effectively and thoroughly as possible.

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          Hi Liz,

          There’s nothing from stopping you from trying more than one possible solution at once, but there’s one big downfall of the “spray and pray” approach: if it works, you will have no idea which method worked. So if the blepharitis happens to come back, you will be forced into trying all the methods you tried the last time.

          I’m definitely guilty of this approach sometimes (especially with conditions like blepharitis) because I want results fast–I mean who doesn’t?

          Cut and dry answer: Trying multiple approaches is an option, just do so with care so you don’t go overboard and agitate the eyelid even more. If you would rather figure out what works and try one at a time, I would look at manuka honey or castor oil (hexane free).

          I hope this helps clear up your question!

          Be well,
          Cameron

          Oh, and to cover my butt 😉 –> This is not medical advice of any sorts, and is purely educational and just a chronicle of my experiences. Always consult a medical professional before making any decisions.

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      2. Using a cotton swab, I get it wet first then only use one drop of oil. You have to spin the swap so the oil won’t drop into the sink. Applying the oil in this fashion dilutes the oil and it spreads easier. Just a thought. Good luck!

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  2. Thank you for this article. After getting styes a lot tge eye doctor told me to take omega 3. Since then I’ve never had a cyst and that’s about ten years now. I do still have dry eyes which i ignore a lot but in winter the water streams down my cheeks and is really uncomfortable so I’m going to try treat it again. I read many times in the past that in lab tests, nothing seemed more effective than tea tree oil for killing demodex mites which as you say we all have under a few eyelashes but they love make up at night and blapheritis/dry skin. So killing them can improve dry eye conditions. So I’ll be trying the coconut and tea tree routine with some manuka honey as well.

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      Hi Isaisla,

      Happy to hear omega-3 fatty acids helped you out! I also should have mentioned (it will be an up and coming article) that skin conditions can be also be a sign of food intolerances and an unhealthy gut.

      Anyways, best of luck with your healing adventures 🙂

      Be well,
      Cameron

  3. Seems to me you should be mentioning blepharitis and a host of other eye problems are pretty much, often nothing but an over-infestation of demodex foliculorum and brevis mites. Yes all your remedies tie in but only tea tree oil kills mites (of what you mention) And keeping mite population down is a full body, ‘forever’ process since you can never really get rid of them all once and for all. I’ve verified my case with many hours of research and 10x magnifying glass and microscope verification. A full out, ongoing mite protocol is necessary. One can’t stand much tea tree oil on the eyes…enough to really kill them. I don’t know how old this article is but the info seems a little behind. There other ways to attack mites on the eye including internal and external borax water…and lots of reasons why they grow out of control…again which requires full body management like alkalizing, for one..Candida overgrowth very relevant in my case..no sugar, etc. For people with a bad, life altering problem it’s much deeper than topical treatment for allergies or infections. People can do some research and learn much better how to cure eye probs, scalp probs, rosecea and more!…if they learn one word…mites! Lol… thanks for listening.

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      Yeah you could be totally right. But everyone is different. This post was mostly a chronicle of the remedies I have tried to cure my blepharitis and the limited evidence that supports these remedies. But I definitely should have mentioned how important the diet is as well 🙂 Thank you for the input.

  4. I have had this condition for years and its driving me crazy
    I have decided to cut out all sugars and high acidic foods. I find when i drink alcohol my symptoms get worse so if I alkaline my body why wouldn’t my symptoms improve ? Anyway here goes ! I am hoping for the best and have nothing to loose. I will let you know how my eyes react.

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      I noticed alcohol made it worse as well. There’s a lot more going on in the body when you consume alcohol so it may not just be an issue of acidity. Alcohol causes inflammation (and it’s even worse for those who have leaky gut syndrome). So it’s very possible that the inflammation in combination with acidity can make an outbreak more likely to happen. It’s also possible that if it often occurs after drinking alcohol that you have an alcohol sensitivity as I do–it’s a different kind of allergic reaction.

      These are just the things I’ve noticed with my own blepharitis struggles.

      Hope this helps!

      1. Yes i do have alcohol sensitivities or you could say im allergic to it. I just refuse to think i can’t cure this !! so I have given up all sugar , red meat, dairy and wheat I am into my new way of eating 5 days and feel great ! not my eyes though but these things take time.

    2. Hi Christina,

      Have you noticed an improvement after you alkaline your body?
      Just wondered, as I was planning on doing this to see if this is the problem.

  5. I’m so thankful for this article! Our three year old is battling this terribly right now. We have raised her on a primarily paleo diet but she has had cradle cap since she she was around three months old and I’m pretty certain these two issues are connected in some way. We are working on healing her gut but are also looking for natural ways to treat it. It’s quite emotionally draining to go through this with her, and getting a toddler to do warm compresses and try these things can be pretty difficult. But I’m hopeful! We haven’t tried Manuka honey yet so after reading your article we went out and bought the strongest kind we could find. Thank you for sharing these tips with the world!

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      Hi Amy,

      Yeah that must be really tough.

      Hopefully your endeavors prove helpful! If all else fails, you may want to consider giving a naturopathic doctor a visit if you’re looking for alternative treatments.

  6. Cameron,

    Thanks for your well written commentary. I had cataract surgery and then a laser follow-up session. Both my eyes and vision were then normal. When I came back for my follow-up visit, the technician had trouble making a contact eye pressure measurement on my right eye and it took four tries. I believe the measurement tool contacted my eyelids several times when I blinked. After that session my right eye was 20/70. I have visited my eye doctor several times and have been prescribed oral doxicycline for six weeks along with eyelid scrubs, heat and antibiotic ointments. There is no pain, but my vision continues to be blurry with occasional short-lived improvements to normal. I have had crusty eyelids for some time but have never had blurry vision problems before. My doctor wanted to put in a punctal plug but I declined because it seems like a punctal plug does not address the root cause of the problem. My doctor has found no physical damage to my eye. I was wondering if you might have seen similar scenarios and found other treatment(s) to be effective under these circumstances.

    Thanks for any inputs.

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      Hey Robert,

      In all honesty, that’s a bit out of my expertise to answer. If this were me and my eye seemed like it got infected easily, I would guess there’s an issue with the tear or sebaceous duct. When I got blepharitis on occasion, I went to countless eye doctors and they all were stumped. I discovered on my own that it’s caused by food sensitivities and faulty tear / sebaceous ducts in one eye. So I got results by preventing anything from coming into contact with my eye, getting on an elimination diet, healing my gut, and checking it every night to make sure a small piece of hair is not lodged in my eye or tear duct. My eye may get a little red from time to time, but I never get blepharitis anymore.

      I would get a second opinion from a naturopathic doctor before considering anything I said, as they tend to look for the root cause of issues rather than opting for invasive procedures right away.

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    2. In reading on the matter I have found recommendations to use cold pressed Castor oil since normal Castor oil is reported to have “Hexane”. The information I have read indicates Hexane can cause blindness. I am completely unqualified in this area, and recommend confirmation by a professional for any actions. Cameron may want to comment as well.

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  7. I have blepharitis. I thought my allergies were getting worse. And I thought pollution was causing it, so I didn’t see a Dr for a long time. That is, until I could no longer deal with it. My eyes were itchy, watery, and red. I could not wear eye make up anymore, and I like wearing make up. When I went to the Dr she prescribed me eye steroids. My eyes got better for about 2 weeks, which was great. After that my allergies simply returned. She gave me a referral to see a specialist. While waiting to see the specialist, I decided to look for natural remedies. I have found that Tea Tree Oil works. I put 12 drops of TTO inside my 8 oz bottle of baby wash, shake it well. Washing my face and lids with it has made a difference. I read somewhere that coconut oil is also used to treat blepharitis. Feeling desperate giving it a try was a no brainer. I got organic coconut oil, added 1 drop TTO per oz of coconut oil. I apply it to my eyelids, top/bottom eyelashes with a q-tip every night. I do so after washing my eyes with my baby wash/Tea Tree Oil mix. It works! My eyes feel much better. However, I also use Alaway drops in the morning. But while I started putting in one eyedrop per eye twice a day as instructed, I now find that once a day does the trick. Hope this helps someone out there.

  8. When I read Amy’s comment above about her little girl having cradle cap since she was around 3 months old, it struck a cord with me. My son was just diagnosed today with blepharitis. He reached out on Facebook and was given a link to this site. (Thank you, thank you) Now my son is an adult and would be mortified if he knew I was contacting you, but the cradle cap hit home. My son had cradle cap when he was a baby, but it never really went away, what we thought was cradle cap was really psoriasis. He has an extreme case of psoriasis and has been through most available treatments out there. Since psoriasis is an auto immune disorder I wonder if having the allergy testing and then treating the gut might help with the psoriasis as well. (I know you can’t recommend medical advise) I just wonder if there is a connection. I am sure he will be starting one of the methods listed here. Thank you!

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      There is absolutely a connection between autoimmune conditions food sensitivities / gut problems. As you mentioned, I can’t give medical advise but I can say what I did for my autoimmune issues that caused skin conditions. First things first, I took care of my gut with bone broth and this: https://naturalife.org/health/naturally-heal-your-gut

      Then, I went on an elimination diet to determine what foods my body is sensitive too. It’s really tough to get through, but this was the #1 thing that eliminated my autoimmune skin issues (and blepharitis). Just note that allergy testing will not show food sensitivities because it only tests for IgE allergies. Whereas food sensitivities are IgG immune responses. The point is, there aren’t many reliable tests out there for food sensitivities. It sucks, but it’s the unfortunate truth. There are food sensitivity tests out there, but their accuracy varies.

  9. I have seen a MD way too many times and my eyes only got worse. I did try the glass castor oil organic but my eyes got another infection and I tried the manuka honey and still not working.This has been going on for six years, at this point I’m very depressed and not working. My eyes are the worst in the morning. It’s very hard to see. To be somewhere is really hard or impossible. I need help and just don’t know what to do. I have seen a natural path doctor and still not working. A ton of electrolytes. I do more than this? Help!!!

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    2. Hi Nora, I had it bad…styes all the time even though I didn’t wear eye make up and ate clean. Try using thera tears eyedrops in the mornings to open up the eyes…then soak x large cotton balls in hot water and put one on each lid …lay down for a couple minutes with this on. Then clean your eyes with eye scrub pads. Also, clean diet…not much sugar or junk. I use a face wash SW Basics that has tea tree oil in it and I lightly swipe a little across my eye area and leave it on for about 15 minutes a.m. and p.m. Last but not least lots of omega 3 … the generic form of Lovaza or double the dose of Thera Tears caps. Its a lot, but this works for me. I hope this helps.

  10. Thanks so much for your article.

    I’m curious about Tea Tree oil. I can’t imagine putting it so close to the eye. Seems it would sting on my eye lid (even mixed with coconut oil) and also, just being so close to the eye, I would worry about the strong fumes and oil leaking into the eye. I know it has amazing qualities, but it is pretty strong stuff and would not be good if it got into your eye.

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  11. Thank you very much for compiling this!
    I have never been diagnosed with blepharitis by a doctor. In fact I had visited my optometrist just a day or two before I started noticing something in my eyes. I have tiny bumps along my upper lash line. Sometimes it looks like my waterline has a tiny bump but other times it doesn’t.
    My question is, can the remedies be applied on my waterline, where there could be posterior blepharitis? Or would that cause irritations? (Especially the tea tree/coconut oil mixture)?
    Thank you, have a great day!

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  12. Do a skin patch allergy test before putting tea tree oil anywhere near your eyes. I was treating chronic bleph with the coconut oil / tea tree method. At first it seemed to work but then both of my eyes inflamed more severely than what I’m used to and the irritation spread around the eyes. Not sure if it was the tea tree or the coconut oil but suffice it to say, I’ve stopped using this method. The only thing that has ever given me sustained relief from this condition over the last 20 years is doing a ten-day master cleanse, during which the condition clears up and after which, the condition usually doesn’t recur for a prolonged period.

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  13. I put Manuka honey on my eyelids and while on it made them sting. I did it for two nights for only 10-15 mins each time. My eyelids got worse and swelled up.
    What has worked is blepharitis wipes from boots. They started working immediately.

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  14. Cameron – I’m confused about the proper “dosage” of Omega-3 Fatty Acids. I’ve seen studies showing 1-2,000 mg per day has shown to be effective in offering blepharitis relief. But when I look at my 1,200 mg Fish Oil capsules, they only contain 360 mg of Omega-3. So does this mean that I need to take approximately 3 of these to get approximately 1,000 mg daily of Omega 3?

    Thanks for your help.

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      Hi Rick,

      Unfortunately, omega-3s are a bit of a messy subject. So I’ll try my best to explain.

      First of all, there are different types of omega-3s…EPA, DHA, and ALA. Supplements can have varying amounts of each depending on their quality, how they were produced, and the source. Most recommendations are referring to the total amount of omega-3s. That being said, evidence suggests that supplements with high amounts of DHA are the most effective (this is one of the many reasons why selecting a high-quality fish oil is critical).

      It’s hard to give you a straight answer without knowing the details of the supplement you’re taking.

      Here’s an example to help you out though. Take this fish oil for example: http://amzn.to/2F7c4s5

      If you take 1 pill with a meal containing healthy fat, you will get around 1,100 mg of omega-3s. This would be close enough to the recommended therapeutic dose for blepharitis. But if this supplement contained mostly EPA (which it doesn’t), I don’t think it would provide many benefits.

  15. Natural cold pressed castor oil without hexanes, tea tree oil (at different times), and good hygiene seems to have reduced blepharitis symptoms significantly. My problem is the flare-up in the morning. The crusties have stopped, but the pain in the right eye is present, more annoying than anything, and if it goes into full flare-up mode then only an ice compress works. The warm compress seems to make it worse. I’ll try the tea tree oil with organic coconut oil to see if that helps when I go to bed. I have to take antibiotics, but eventually, want to get rid of them- it isn’t a long-term solution. Something to actually put in the eye would be nice. I’ll work more on improving my diet and exercise. Any suggestions?

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      Hey Joe,

      I can totally relate to your frustration. Blepharitis is annoying to deal with to say the least.

      Once I changed my diet and really just transformed my life to be healthier I don’t really get any big flare-ups anymore. But every now and then, I will feel it coming. When I feel it, I will immediately change my pillowcase, try to sleep on my back or the opposite side of the affected eye, avoid shampoo (since that can irritate the eye), and avoid touching my eyes altogether. Oddly enough that seems to do the trick. Again, this was after I took more drastic measures like overhauling my diet.

      I also use a HEPA air purifier (like this one: http://amzn.to/2n59xYd) to reduce the amount of dust in my room and sleeping environment. Not sure if it helps, but it was one of the measures I took to get rid of my blepharitis.

      I also want to note that sometimes I notice that an eyelash is lodged in my tear duct when I feel the symptoms (but this isn’t always the case). When this happens I VERY carefully remove it with something that is sanitized.

      Basically, I took a “shotgun” approach to solving it. I suppose I should list the things I tried in addition to the remedies and diet change in hopes that it can help other people.

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      It’s likely to be somewhat different for everyone. I know, not very helpful.

      But here are some things I eliminated from my diet: grains, sugar (fruit is fine, juice is not), non-organic food, and processed food. I also included plenty of foods with omega-3s.

  16. Hello!
    My doctor only wanted to prescribe an oral antibiotic, not a topical one. I did go through two rounds of tobramyacin drops, which initially worked, and then the redness and crusting came back. Do you have any idea why topical antibiotics were not offered?
    I’ve also been using the enanova eyelash/lid scrub, and it dries the lashes a bit.
    Just wanted your opinion on this.
    Thanks!

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