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I came across this forum whilst looking for types of treatments for blepharitis. Having read through several of the posts looking for treatments other than the eyelid wipes and eye drops that I have been trying for some time with little relief, I remembered a doctor (now retired) telling me about an old home cure that he suggested after he had treated but failed to clear up a sty like problem I was having on my lower eyelid a long time ago. (Before my blepharitis appeared). It did cure my eye problem then so I thought I would try it again for the blepharitis and after one go, I didn’t wake up with gritty eyes. I continued daily, now after 4 days there is a definite benefit and no more wipes and drops!
First the warning: I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR EXPERT IN THE FIELD OF BLEPHARITIS OR ANY EYE CONDITIONS. THIS IS MY OWN EXPERIENCE AND USES BOILING WATER THEREFORE CAN BE EXTREMELY DANGEROUS IF NOT USED CAREFULLY. IF YOU FOLLOW THIS METHOD, DO SO AT YOUR OWN RISK.
This is how I prepare and use the method told to me by my retired doctor:
Add freshly boiled water to a bowl, place a hanky size cloth into the water, (I used a new thin face cloth that my wife uses for make-up) leave a corner of the cloth out over the edge of the bowl. Using a small wooden spoon in one hand pick up the cloth by the dry exposed corner and wrap it round the spoon, twirling the spoon so as to gather the whole cloth around the spoon. Over the sink hold the spoon slightly tilted upwards handle down, lean over the spoon with eyes closed and move your head so that you can feel the steam rising from the cloth onto your closed eye, slightly moving your head side to side so the steam covers the whole eye lid area. After around 10-15 seconds the steam will lesson as the cloth cools down. I then hold a corner of the cloth and un twirl it from the spoon, then getting another corner of the cloth in my free hand I shake the cloth open to cool it a little so that I can then squeeze out the water and use the warm cloth to gently rub the eye lids. Replace the cloth in the bowl and repeat the process for the other eye. Repeat again for both eyes. By this time the water will have cooled to the point that there is no steam left although you can continue bathing the eye with the warm squeezed out cloth if you feel it necessary.
I started one evening and repeated it in the morning for the first and second day, now I just do it at night and my eyes feel the best they have for a long time and no wipes or drops!
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