Managing Common Eye Conditions in the Pharmacy

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Blepharitis

Chronic inflammation of the eyelids causes a condition known as blepharitis. Patients commonly complain of an itchy, gritty, uncomfortable red eye that is worse upon waking. It is not uncommon to see dandrufflike scaling on eyelashes, missing or misdirected eyelashes, and swollen eyelids.[5,6] Patients should be advised that they should wash the eyelids with diluted baby shampoo or eye scrub solution. Gentle lid massages and warm compresses will also provide some relief. While patients should experience relief within one month, this treatment should be continued indefinitely. If this fails, however, a prescription ophthalmic antibiotic may be required.[5,6] Oral antibiotics and topical steroids may be required in severe cases.

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