Blepharitis occurs when there is eyelid inflammation. Thankfully, doctors can prescribe corticosteroids to help treat inflammation at the source. There are steroid eye drops and ointments available to help with blepharitis. Ointments are meant to be applied to the eyelid, while eye drops are dropped into the eye. Depending on the level of inflammation, patients may be prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications simultaneously. The antibiotics will help clear up any bacterial infection. The anti-inflammatory medications will ease the redness, pain, discomfort, and swelling.
Corticosteroids are medications that artificially resemble cortisol, a major hormone released by the adrenal glands. They help suppress immune system function, which leads to a lessening of inflammation in the body. In the same vein, a doctor may prescribe a topical medication that suppresses the immune system even more firmly. Corticosteroids are available as oral medications in addition to topical. However, they are rarely prescribed orally for blepharitis.