The right treatment
for inflammation of the eyelids
Besides patience and consistency, there are three cornerstones to successful treatment of eyelid inflammation:
1. Treating the inflammation
- In the case of acute inflammation, a visit to the ophthalmologist is recommended, as anti-bacterial or anti-inflammatory therapy may be necessary at the start of treatment. However, chronic eyelid inflammation (blepharitis) also requires regular check-ups with an ophthalmologist.
- Accompanying this, treatment with an antiseptic eye ointment containing the active ingredient bibrocathol (Posiformin® 2 % eye ointment) in combination with eye drops containing salicylic acid (POSIFORLID COMOD® eye drops (Mandatory informations)) has proved successful.
2. Daily eyelid hygiene
3. Moistening the surface of the eye with tear substitutes that do not contain any preservatives, phosphates or emulsifiers
As a basic principle, it is recommended to temporarily refrain from using cosmetics and contact lenses.
As important as cleaning your teeth
In order to treat eyelid inflammation effectively, daily care of the eyelids must become a permanent part of life, comparable to regular tooth brushing.
If it is carried out regularly, most patients will see an improvement after a few weeks. If the care is erratic or is stopped completely, the original symptoms may recur.
Daily eyelid hygiene
1. Eyelid Warming Therapy
When the blocked secretions in the affected meibomian glands are warmed, they become liquid. The pores are therefore easier to clean after warming. It is important to achieve a constant temperature of around 45 degrees over a period of 5–7 minutes. The temperature should not be higher than this due to the risk of burns. As this cannot be guaranteed with conventional methods (e. g. warm face cloth or compresses), the use of special eyelid warming masks is recommended, such as the POSIFORLID® eye mask, which guarantees the required temperature over the necessary period of time.
2. Massaging and cleansing the edges of the eyelids
Following warming of the eyelids, the liquid secretion can then be carefully massaged out, preferably with a moist cotton pad. Massaging makes it easier to wipe out the secretion.
- Massage the upper eyelid 5 to 10 times from top to bottom, always over the entire breadth of the lid.
- Subsequently, massage the lower eyelid 5 to 10 times from bottom to top, again over the entire breadth of the lid.
- Finally, cleanse the edges of the eyelids with a moist cotton pad.
- When cleaning the edge of the eyelid, always wipe the cotton pad over the eyelid from the outer corner inwards.
Warm water that has been boiled and allowed to cool or special cleansing solutions are suitable to moisten cotton buds or cosmetic pads.
The cotton buds or cosmetic pads should only be used once for each eye.