Doctors often prescribe antibiotic or steroidal eye drops for blepharitis, according to the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. For instance, patients typically begin with azithromycin, an antibiotic, in both eyes three times daily for two days, reports the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
After the initial treatment, azithromycin drops go in the eyes once a day for a month, continues the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. In serious cases, patients use steroid drops, such as Blephamide, Tobradex or Lotemax; however, side effects of these drugs include glaucoma and cataracts. In addition to eye drops, doctors recommend daily eye washing using compresses and mild shampoo or commercial eyelid cleansing solution, explains the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.