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IloveHistory
09-08-2007, 01:12 PM
Hi!

I was recently diagnosed with Blepharitis by my Ophthalmologist (Eye Specialist). Does anyone else suffer from this or have any advice? I use Tears Naturale as my eye drops and was told to put them in every three hours. The Ophthalmologist said that I have the driest eyes he's ever seen!

Keep well! :)

Saysusie
09-11-2007, 08:49 AM
Oh My! Yet another result of inflammation that you are suffering from. Blepharitis refers to inflammation of the eyelids, particularly at the lid margins. It's a common disorder and is seen, mostly, in patients with discoidal lupus but is also seen in patients with SLE.
You should know that Discoid lupus erythematosus can cause eyelid erythema (abnormal redness of the skin caused by capillary congestion) and atrophic plaques (decrease in size or use-atrophy), often accompanied by loss of skin pigment, loss of eyelashes, dilated skin vessels and cellular infiltrates (the migration of cells from their sources of origin, or the direct extension of cells as a result of unusual growth and multiplication, into organs or tissues). If untreated, the lids will become scarred. Infiltration of the lacrimal gland (small almond-shaped structure that produces tears)may cause proptosis a forwardly displaced or "bulging" eye). SLE patients with any of these symptoms of chronic eyelid lesions are sometimes misdiagnosed as having eczema or infectious blepharitis. Ask you doctor if he is certain that it is not due to the above symptoms of SLE and/or Discoid Lupus.
At any rate, Blepharitis is not a serious condition, and there is seldom any permanent damage to your eyes. The treatment is aimed at
unblocking the glands in the eyelid, which may be infected and inflamed (like acne on the face or a tiny boil) by Lid Cleaning, replacing the tears if the eyes are dry with Lubricants (dry eyes and blepharitis may occur together), treating any infection present with Antibiotic Cream, and treat infection and reduce the inflammation using Antibiotic tablets.
For Lid Cleaning, lubricants such as ‘Gel Tears’ or ‘Viscotears’ helps. If Lid Cleaning does not help, antibiotic ointments such as Polysporin Antibiotic Cream or, if that does not help, a prescription for antibiotic tablets.
The treatment should make your eyes more comfortable, but there is no magic cure. Even with treatment, your eyes may remain a little sore, but no harm will come to them and there is nothing to worry about.

Take Care Of Yourself!
Peace and Blessings
Saysusie

misslisa1017
09-13-2007, 03:16 PM
I have blepharitis too. Was dx'd with it about three yrs ago. I dont' even think my rheumy knows because my eye doctor said it had nothing to do with autoimmune diseases ::::::rolling eyes now::::: and shaking head.

anyway, eventually over time I developed a lump on one of my bottom eyelids...thought it was a stye, but it just was different. Turned out to be a chalazion. The darn thing kept growing and growing and growing. Yeah really pretty, looked great with my moon face. :( Why? So eventually the doctor I was seeing injected it with steroids. It went down considerably but not all the way.

Next thing I know, it's growing back. The plan was to keep compresses on it and keep applying steroid eye drops into my eye. No thanks! I didn't want to do that to my poor eye. I only have one left that I can legally see out of. So I asked this guy to remove it. Because sometimes that is what they have to do. He wouldn't, kept skipping around the issue and didn't even want to inject it again. I got so fed up I changed doctors. What a moron I was. After dealing with it for over a year.

The new doctor took it out on my second visit. he was awesome. I haven't had it grow back since. I had it removed in May and it never came back.

Thanks for listening to me ramble. LOL

Lisa :D

IloveHistory
09-28-2007, 03:03 PM
Hi Saysusie and MissLisa1017!

Thank you SO much for sharing all of that very useful information and advice with me! :)

Keep well and God bless! :)