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Consistent headaches near eye, redness on lower eyelid with loss of eyelashes, relief on closing eyes. Cause?

I have ongoing headaches on my right side near my right eye. my eye has had a slight redish area on lower eyelid and recently i lost the eyelashes near that red area. I frequently get red eyes and always feel like i need to keep the eye closed so it is comfortable. light hurts it too. not sure what type of doctor i should see becuse two eye doctors found nothing but something is wrong.
Asked On : Fri, 21 Dec 2012
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It is likely that you have blepharitis ( inflammation of the lid margins). Sometimes very mild blepharitis may not be very obvious on an eye exam and may thus get missed. Nevertheless it is better to give its treatment a try which is simple and effective.

•     First, application of heat to warm the eyelid gland secretions and to promote evacuation and cleansing of the secretory passages is essential. Individuals are directed to use soaked warm compresses and to apply them to the lids repeatedly. Warm water in a washcloth, soaked gauze pads, or microwaved, soaked cloths can be used. However extreme heat should be avoided.

•     Second, the eyelid margin is scrubbed mechanically to remove adherent material, such as crusting, and to clean the gland orifices. This can be completed with a warm washcloth or with gauze pads. Water often is used, although some clinicians prefer that a few drops of baby shampoo be mixed in one bottle cap full of warm water to form a cleaning solution. Attention must be directed to gentle mechanical jostling or scrubbing of the eyelid margin itself, not the skin of the lids or of the bulbar conjunctival surface. Vigorous scrubbing should be avoided as it may be harmful.

•     Third, an antibiotic ointment is applied to the eyelid margin after it has been soaked and scrubbed. Antibiotic-corticosteroid ointment combinations can be used for short courses, although their use is less appropriate for long-term management and should be used strictly on the advise of the ophthalmologist.


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