3 Common Eye Conditions and How to Treat Them

Common Eye Complaints


Common Eye Complaints
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In this blog, we talk about 3 common eye conditions that can usually be treated with over-the-counter remedies from our chemist. Read more to find out about each condition, the symptoms and how they can be treated.


The first eye condition we want to talk about is Blepharitis. Blepharitis will give you swollen and itchy eyelids which will make you feel uncomfortable. It is a condition which comes and goes.

What are the symptoms of Blepharitis?

The symptoms might begin with itchy eyes which then become sore. You might see scales or skin flakes at the root of your eyelashes and your eyes may feel as if they have grit in them. Sometimes your eyelids will have a sticky substance which makes them hard to open first thing in the morning.

How do I treat Blepharitis?

To avoid Blepharitis or reduce the number of times the condition appears, keep your eyelids clean.

You can keep them clean by using eyelid wipes such as Blephaclean which is free from perfume or preservatives. Use the wipes once or twice a day to gently clean your eyelids. Eyedrops might also help to reduce soreness.

Dry Eye

The second of the 3 common eye conditions is dry eye, like meibomian gland dysfunction, is a common eye condition that may be caused by blocked glands. In this case, it is the gland that produces water to moisten the eyes.  It commonly occurs in people over the age of 50, contact lens wearers and if you’re out in windy, dry conditions.

What are the symptoms of dry eyes?

Dry eyes can quickly become itchy and sore. They will look red and may even be watery. You may have a sensitivity to light or blurred vision.

How do I treat dry eyes?

You can treat dry eyes with eye drops like Thealoz Duo dry eye or gel eye drops and to relieve any itching you can use Zaspray.

If you work all day on a computer, take regular breaks and perhaps swap your contact lenses for glasses for a few hours every day.

Meibomian Gland Dysfunction

What is meibomian Gland Dysfunction?

Finally, the third common eye condition we want to highlight is Meibomian Gland dysfunction.

Our eyelids have a layer of three glands. These glands produce oil, water and a sticky mucous. If the glands that produce oil become blocked this causes the water-producing gland to dry out. This means the inside of your eyelid will become uncomfortable and sore.

What are the symptoms of this common eye condition?

Because your eyes are dry, they become itchy and then swollen. You might have the sensation that you’ve got something in your eye that’s irritating.

How do I treat Meibomian gland dysfunction?

If you see your pharmacist or visit the doctor they will likely advise you to use a hot compress to encourage your eyes to produce water and reduce the oily blockage. You can use a hot flannel or a special bag that you heat up in the microwave.

Your pharmacist might also recommend that you use a product called Blephasteam.

Blephasteam goggles supply gentle heat and moisture to your eyes to help unblock the oily glands in your eyelids, reduce irritation and encourage tear production.

How else can I look after my eyes?

Vitamin D and Zinc help to keep your eyes healthy. Ask here at the pharmacy about Nutrof Total. These capsules are often recommended by opticians, and they contain all the vitamins and nutrients you need to support eye health.

Other ways of caring for your eyes are to clean them regularly using a soft flannel with warm water or eye wipes.  If you work at a computer, you can buy eye drops to relieve tired eyes.

If you want to know more about eye care remedies, we stock have a word with us here at the pharmacy, we’re always happy to advise you.

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