Helping Treat Blepharitis with i-Chek™


Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids causing red, irritated, itchy eyelids and the formation of dandruff-like scales or flakes on eyelashes. It is a common eye disorder typically caused by an overgrowth of normal bacteria. People with blepharitis may experience itchy, irritated eyelids that feel gritty and/or have a burning sensation. They may also have excessive tearing, and have red and swollen eyelids, dry eyes, or crusting of the eyelids. For some people, blepharitis causes only minor irritation and itching. However, it can lead to more severe symptoms such as blurring of vision, missing or misdirected eyelashes, and inflammation of other eye tissue, particularly the cornea.

In many cases, good eyelid hygiene and a regular cleaning routine can control blepharitis. This includes warm compresses applied to loosen the scurf, debris and crusts, followed by gentle scrubbing of the eyes and eyelids with a mixture of water and baby shampoo or an over-the-counter lid cleansing product. The problem is that many people cannot see what debris they have on their eyelids, let alone what to needs to be cleaned off!

An important part of controlling blepharitis involves first seeing what debris and crust you have on your eyelids and eyelashes and then effectively scrubbing your lids and lashes to remove the "gunk". Now you can see up close the “gunk” you need to clean from your eyelids and lashes what with i-Chek™!

Directions for a Warm Soak of the Eyelids

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Moisten a clean washcloth with warm water.
  3. Close eyes and place washcloth on eyelids for about 5 minutes, reheating the washcloth as necessary.
  4. Repeat several times daily.

Directions for an effective eyelid scrub with the aid of i-Chek™

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Check for scurf, debris and general gunk on your upper and lower eyelids with the i-Chek™ to determine where you you will need to concentrate your scrubbing efforts.
  3. Mix warm water and a small amount of non-irritating (baby) shampoo or use an over the counter lid scrub solution recommended by your eye doctor.
  4. Using a clean cloth (a different one for each eye) rub the solution back and forth across the eyelashes and edge of the closed eyelid.
  5. Rinse with clear water.
  6. Check the cleanliness of your upper and lower eyelids with the i-Chek™.
  7. Repeat with the other eye