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August 1998

Experiences in Treating Patients for Blepharitis

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(8):1133-1134. doi:

We are writing to share some recent experiences in treating patients for blepharitis. Patients are commonly told to apply "hot packs" to the eyes and perform "lid scrubs." By carefully questioning patients during follow-up, we discovered some patients who modify their treatments in creative ways. The following are 3 examples of such patients.

In view of these recent reports, we advocate that patients be given careful and detailed instructions as to the proper form of eyelid hygiene. General instructions, such as to apply hot packs and perform lid scrubs, may result in treatments that are harmful to patients.