A few months ago I was diagnosed with blepharitis, but i have the symtoms (symptoms) for about 5 yrs. Though within the last year it has gotten worse. I noticed when i drink alcohol it immediately gets worse. First it was when i wore my contacts. Things got blurry because of a thick mucus substance built up in my eyes. Then I stopped wearing contacts alltogether. I did get some reief but my condition still got worse. When I drink the build up is worse & the next day everything is hazy for about 12hrs. I have stopped drinking, except for an occasion beer or two, but my question is... does alcohol have a direct affect on blepharitis & the day after haziness.. or could that be another condition or symptom I should be concerned about. I am taking Omega fatty acids as a supplement (seems to help with no drinking) & i do the hot compress with mild soap to wash eyelids. Last question.. is there anything else I can do to improve this condition so i can wear contacts again?
Alcohol seems to cause flare-ups of rosacea, which can be associated with posterior blepharitis. Blepharitis is a chronic condition, which can be managed with warm compresses, lid cleansing, and Omega-3 supplements. There are antibiotic drops, ointments, and pills which can also help. I would see an ophthalmologist for a complete evaluation. It is possible that with proper treatment and control of your blepharitis, you may be able to resume contact lens wear. If that is the case, I would strongly recommend daily wear contacts (do not wear your lenses overnight), or daily disposable lenses.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.