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    Experts offer top blepharitis tips

     

    Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, FAAO

    Madison, AL

    Optometry Times Editorial Advisory Board member

    1. Incorporate lid scrubs. I start with over-the-counter (OTC) products first. If patients have a lot of discharge, I move to non-OTC preparations if blepharitis fails to improve in three weeks. 

    2. Do not use Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo.

    Related: In blepharitis, expert looks to restore eye's natural balance

    3. I recommend hot compresses x 7 minutes to heat up the back of the eyelid. More is required for MGD, but this works to easily remove debris stuck on the lid.

    4. For elderly patients, I often use erythromycin to lids nightly because it is easy for them to apply.

    Up next: Christine W. Sindt, OD, FAAO

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