A common inflammation, blepharitis produces a red-rimmed appearance of the margins of the eyelids. It’s frequently chronic and bilateral and can affect both upper and lower lids. Seborrhic blepharitis is characterized by formation of waxy scales and symptoms of burning and foreign body sensation. Staphylococcus blepharitis is characterized by formation of dry scales along the inflamed lid margins, which also have ulcerated areas and may be associated with keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS, a dry-eye syndrome. Both types may coexist. Blepharitis tends to recur and become chronic. It can be controlled if treatment begins before onset of ocular involvement.
- Unclean personal habits, using dirty linen frequently to clean the eyes thus transmitting infection.
- Extension from surrounding areas like chronic conjunctivitis and recurrent dermatitis or chronic dacryocystitis.
- Refractive errors and muscle imbalance have been considered an important cause.
- Systemic cause like septic foci in the body.
- Allergic cause either exogenous or endogenous.
- Deficiency of vitamin-B complex as a part of the syndrome of angular stomatitis and angular conjunctivitis.
- Rarely specific diseases like syphilis, tuberculosis, leprosy, parasitic and mycotic infections may cause blepharitis.
People who have blepharitis may experience any of the following symptoms: eye irritation, redness, tearing, feeling of something in the eye, itching, burning, occasional sharp pains, ache in or around the eye, sensitivity to light, blurring. “film” over the eye, crusting or mattering at the base of the eyelashes, and frequent stye or chalazion formation. The symptoms may be most noticeable upon awakening, because the eyes have been bathing in the irritating secretions of the oil glands all night.
During the day, these secretions are partially washed away by the blinking of the eyelids and the flow of tears, some of the symptoms of blepharitis may also be caused by other eye problems, such as dry eye syndrome or allergic problems. Many people actually have both dry eye syndrome and blepharitis at the same time.
Diagnosis of blepharitis
Diagnosis depends on patient on patient history and characteristic symptoms. In staphylococcal blepharitis, culture of ulcerated lid margin shows S. aureus.
Homeopathic treatment for blepharitis
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity by using holistic approach. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which the patient is suffering. The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat blepharitis but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility. As far as therapeutic medication is concerned, several remedies are available to treat blepharitis that can be selected on the basis of cause, sensations and modalities of the complaints. For individualized remedy selection and treatment, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. There are following remedies which are helpful in the treatment of blepharitis:
Antim crud, Apis Mel, Argentum Met, Argentum Nit, Calcaria Sulph, Carbn Sulph, Euphrasia, Graphites, lycopodium, Medorrhinum, Mercurius, Petroleum, Rhus Tox, Staphisagria, Sulphur, Tellurium, Sanicula, Aconite, Arsenic Album, Carbo Animalis, Hepar Sulph, Iris, Kali Carb, Natrum Carb, Natrum Mur, Nitric Acid, Psorinum, Pulsatilla, Sepia, Silicea, Thuja, and many other medicines.