Monday, March 8, 2010

From The Crust to The Cure: How I beat Blepharitis

Those who know me best know how I use self deprecating humor often as a way to escape the sadness I endure at the thought of my numerous faults. I make fun of my moles and eyebrows all the time, along with my Canadianism, because I know that if I don't say it first there'll just be somebody behind my back saying "yah you know Jared, he's the kid with the moles and eyebrows from Canada."

Well, it turns out I now have one less thing to make fun of. No, I did not get my moles removed (despite Alwyn's attempt to destroy my self esteem freshman year... here's his photoshopped pic in case you forgot about it)


Those who have gotten closest with me over the years know of my struggle to fight a terrible disease known as Blepharitis. It essentially involves my eyes getting bloodshot and crusty when I wake up as a result of sleeping with my eyes open (not fully open, I'm not a creep...just sorta semi-peeking at all times). THAT'S why everyone always accused me of being a stoner growing up despite my avoidance of smoking. Frickin Blepharitis kept girls away who wanted to look me in the eyes, kept teachers away who wanted to trust that I wasn't going to turn their exam papers into joints, and kept my friends amused when they needed something original to pick on me for.

The basic cure for blepharitis is rubbing baby shampoo on your eyes every morning. I've known that since I was 8, but I have always been too lazy to do it and never wanted to give in to The Man and take precautions for my own health (also the reason I will ever take lactade pills...f them). I accepted my disease and hoped one day it would just get bored or something.

Last week I woke up and realized that I have really beautiful blue eyes. How did I realize this? I could see them! My eyes weren't bloodshot! And the crust was gone! I defeated Blepharitis without even trying!

If I learned anything from Blepharitis, it's that The Man CAN be beat without any actual effort. If something upsets you and makes you feel down and out about yourself, just wait a couple of years and you may just wake up in the morning with clear eyes and borderline feminine-ly long lashes. And in the back of your head you'll forever have a reservoir of jokes about the cause of the crust being cumshots to the eye, and a supply of baby shampoo that will last a lifetime.

36 comments:

Anonymous said...

I heard the song "nice to know you" by Incubus was inspired by Brandon Boyd waking up and his broken arm was healed. I have this bleeping bleph and hope to wake up one day and it's gone.

Unknown said...

I cured blepharitis. A friend discovered the ingredient as she had it too. It is over the counter and takes 3-4 months. The ingredient is benzethonium Chloride. It is found in the wet ones. Antibacterial hand wipes can be found in any store. I tore it into 8 strips and did each eye lash lid twice. Each time with a new section. It took 4 times a day for a week or two then could go down to 3 times a day for about a month then I did it 2 times a day for about 2 months. After that if I had an itch I jumped on it with wet ones again. Only happened once or twice. Three Dr.'s could not find it in my eyes. They said it would come back. I said it has been 5-6 months. My friend found the ingredient in an Avon face scrub and it worked on her blepharitis. I found the ingredient in Wet Ones and started the routine. I can't tell you the relief it gave me. I am astounded that the Dr.'s are not interested. I even called an eye research place. I am going to put this out for others to get help. Two of us have cured it with this. Hope you get relief.

Lisa reseraching blepharitis said...

Well, I like your eyebrows.

ian said...

hi Lynda , can you tell me the name of the wet wipes ,i ve been trying to find some in the uk that has benzethonium chloride in them . thanks ian

Anonymous said...

Hello Ian,
Lynda was referring to Wet Ones wipes. Let us know if it cures you. Hoping for a cure, too. Thanks, Lynda.

Sim

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Unknown said...

The blepharitis treatment by tarcical. It is not the eye drops but they are tablets that are made by 100% herbal ingredients. It maintains the health of the eyes and reduces the pain. It also eradicates the itching. Tarcical is available at herbal care products. Its ingredients are Ashwagandha, Liliaceae, Gum Benjamin, Ammonium Chloride and Myrobalan. It has no side effects.

Anonymous said...

I bought a product called Bac-D foaming wound sanitizer. it has Benz Chlor and no saline, chlorine or alcohol so it's non burning and nondryng. I'm using 3x a day and seeing great improvement on day 2

Charlotte said...

I've fond the closest thing I've come to cure called the Style'n'Clean pen. It's basically an electric eyelash curler but the difference is that it comes with small sponges you can attach to the the pen and you can then use it to clean your eyes. The pen can rotate and heat up so you can clean your eyes way more effectively than anything I've ever tried. I bought it on sale where it comes with a cleansing gel that is so good for my eyes. I use it every morning and it has really been a life saver. Hope that this can help some of you.

Unknown said...

I had a really bad attack of blepharitis I woke up and my eyes were swollen badly and my eyeballs are killing me. In three days I was totally cured. I sprayed my eyes with colloidal silver. I did this 10 times per day and by the third day it was gone.

Unknown said...

I had a really bad attack of blepharitis I woke up and my eyes were swollen badly and my eyeballs are killing me. In three days I was totally cured. I sprayed my eyes with colloidal silver. I did this 10 times per day and by the third day it was gone.

Unknown said...

I just discovered that an acne wash was great for my blepharitis. It's called Liquid Oxygen and contains salicylic acid 2%. I just started using it and already have relief from the redness and sticky feeling on my eyelids. If this doesn't go well, I'm gonna try Avenova, which is a perscription only product I saw on the internet. I'll have to have a chat with my eye doctor about it first. I don't know what the cost is either and it's currently not covered by insurance.

Unknown said...

If you just read my post on Jan. 9, this is an update. It's now Jan. 21 and I can say my red eyelids is cured. I feel great and I look great. It wiped that sick look off my face. If you try this just look for a mild acne wash so it doesn't dry out your skin. I also apply a little mineral oil in the evening for an over night moisturizer on my eyelids. One quick acne wash every morning and I'm so happy. I"ve been dealing with this for over 15 years and saw multiple doctors and got no help from any of them. Give the acne wash a try. If you have a doctor you trust, you can run it by them to see what they might say about it, but no doctor is gonna take away my acne wash.

Kim said...

WET ONES antibacterial hand wipes 100 per cent CURE for BLEPHRITIS,,,I suffered horribly with what BLEPHRITIS for three years. It was extremely itchy, crusty and painful. I was even to the point of starting to lose my vision. I went to numerous doctorsgiven different medications prescription, over-the-counter, and tried natural remedies myself. None of these work! The baby shampoo washing only abated the problem-momentarily. I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning researching online for someone who had a cure for the problem I was suffering with. Fortunately one night I found a blog suggesting WET ONES antibacterial wipes use over a period of weeks starting four times a day down to once a day and you being able to see you again. If the wipes irritate your eyes cut down to 2 or 3 times a day,When I went back to my eye doctor for my annual exam NO MORE BLEPHRITISI and my vision was back to normal! LINDA T above on sept 5 explains exactly how to use the wipes! WET ONES ARE THE CURE FOR BLEPHRITIS!

Anonymous said...

the wet ones just irritated "my condition" . I found that a very small amount of acne wash, called liquid oxygen, with salicylic acid calmed the red irritated eyelids on a daily basis without drying out the skin. I think it has ingredients to keep the skin moist. I also think this bleph is different from person to person. I also thing my low thyroid condition has a lot to do with "my condition". I say "my condition" because I think there are many causes for this and we each have to find that be it an irritation to the skin or an allergy we are in contact with one way or another or any other health issues involved. Just keep searching for the answer thinking of the entire body as you go. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Blepharitis treatments and meiobian gland dysfunction treatments are a 4 billion dollar market and growing. One type of blepharitis can be caused by bacteria or virus—both are contagious. Is it possible that we are contracting this during our eye exams? I never had any symptoms of blepharitis until about two weeks after a routine eye exam. I am convinced that something happened during that exam. I know that the physician nor the assistants washed their hands in my presence. We should all be concerned that it is possible that we are contracting this disease during eye exams.

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Rahul (India) said...

Blepharitis Treatment : Apply pure honey on eye lids before sleeping at night just like Kajal ( COLLYRIUM ) and wash it with luke warm water in the morning.
Even if Honey goes inside eyes no issues. it will automatically come out with water there by cleansing it !
Check for purity of honey (without sugar): the eyelids wont be very sticky that you will find it hard to open , when you apply a pure honey.
I am using the honey treatment and its very effective.
Note : you can also add a pinch of turmeric (haldi) in honey and make a paste for applying on eye lids
Thanks !


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Anonymous said...

I just want to confirm, wet ones actually works. I've been having this blepharitis issue for a few months now, and I went to the top dermatologists in NYC where I live and they literally had never even heard of it. They swiped my eyes and made me see 2 different doctors and the only reason I knew what it potentially was, was because I googled "white crust on eyelashes". Well I basically would wake up with white crust on my eyelashes and because of cleaning it off in the morning, my eye lashes would start to fall out. I have really pretty eyes and eyelashes so it was just making me super insecure. I read on a few blogs about wet ones, and i have my packet right here, I've been using for a week or so and it's literally cleared up. I use them about 3 times a day just sitting at my desk and it's gone away. I can't believe it. The doctors prescribed so much antibiotics etc and nothing worked. So anyone having this issue, please try the wipes.

Anonymous said...

I also have blepharitis likely cause from eyelash extensions which I began using when I began my Yoga Teacher Certification training and was in studio 5+ times a week doing 16+ hours of hot yoga. Regardless, it was very painful and upsetting and I felt very upset about it. I read about the Wet Ones cure and purchased them yesterday; I also, at the same time, read about Diflucan (Canesten oral anti-fungal) and purchased that as well. I did not feel any pain, irritation or stinging when I used the Wet Ones - in fact, I felt instant relief. It was the first time in a week that my eye was not itching anymore. I used the Wet Ones three times between 5pm and 10pm last night and I also took the oral Canesten. I woke this morning to a slightly swollen eyelid and no other symptoms. Today, it is not 3:42 pm, and I have had zero itching, redness, pain or crust and I sit in front of a computer screen all day which is typically makes my eyes very dry and sore. Therefore, I can confirm that Wet Ones have given me fast relief from my symptoms and taking the Canesten certainly does not hurt. I an also washing with a honey-based soap and using 2 drops of Tee Tree oil mixed in with the soap. At this point, I will simply continue this regime until I feel that I can cut back on one or the other. Good luck to all the sufferers out there - I feel your pain, stay strong!

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