Yesterday, my right eye was feeling more light sensitive than usual and my eyelid also felt numb (this is often an indication for me). And this morning when I woke up the lower and upper lids were back to being red, swollen, and achy. So starting today I am back on my blepharitis control routine.
When I went the eye doctor in May, she gave me a new medication regimen to try for when the blepharitis was particularly symptomatic. At the time, she saw more inflammation in my left eye than my right, but I wasn't experiencing symptoms so we decided to wait before using it. Now, I am going to need to start the treatment.
I was prescribed Lotemax steroid opthalmic drops for 10 weeks -- 4 x a day for 2 weeks, 3 x a day for 2 weeks, 2 x a day for 2 weeks, and 1 x a day for 4 weeks. I had used Lotemax ointment in the past for blepharitis, but only for 2 weeks at a time and each time the symptoms came back almost immediately once I stopped taking it. With this new routine, I will be tapering the drops similar to what is done with oral steroids to prevent rebound. I will also have to get my eye pressure checked because steroid drops can cause an increase in intraocular pressure, which can lead to super serious eye complications.
Lesson learned for today. When something improves, don't stop the routine that helped!