Anyone Using AzaSite Eye Drops To Treat Posterior Blepharitis/Meibomian Gland Disease?

October 10, 2010

I have recently been changing over to AzaSite (Azithromycin) dropsĀ from Erythromycin ointment as my drug of choice for daily treatment of posterior blepharitis/Meibomian gland disease (MGD). It seems to be very well tolerated, is only once a day, and is reported to have anti-inflammatory properties, thus reducing the need for topical steroids. This is a difficult, annoying, chronic condition for so many patients, and I think they will be very grateful.

 

 



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8 Responses to “Anyone Using AzaSite Eye Drops To Treat Posterior Blepharitis/Meibomian Gland Disease?”

  • ari

    yes- typically once a day for a week, then 2-3 x a week indefinitely for those with significant chronic disease

  • Becky Harrell

    My doctor told me to use the drops twice a day. Is that the norm? It sounds like you prescribe once per day.

  • ari

    i prescribe it every night for a couple of weeks, then 2-3 times a week indefinitely. when they stop, the mgd comes right back

  • i routinely use azithromycin eye drops for meibomian gland disease and find them useful. I would welcome more info regarding the duration of treatment with azithro, since this is a chronic disease.

  • Dr. Ari Weitzner

    not a bad idea to massage it into the lid. but no evidence if it’s really any better than just dropping it into the eye like a usual drop. try either method.

  • suslibrarian

    The Web posts about doctor’s rx for AzaSyte say to apply the drops directly to eyelid, not install as normal eye drops
    http://www.eyecareeducators.com/site/new_treatment_for_meibomian_gland_dysfunction.htm
    (Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD)
    i.e., apply to lid margin and massage for about 10 seconds
    www,ophmanagement.com/article.aspx?article=102400
    (Thomas John, MD)
    I.e., put drop on clean finger or applicator and apply directly to eyelashes on lid margin
    Any comments on how to apply the AzaSyte?

  • Dr. Ari Weitzner

    any experience with dr maskin’s meibomian gland prober?

  • dr ryvkin

    i have been using azasite for blepharitis for a long time, works great. the only problem, patients have trouble with bottle design. hopefully next year new bottle design will come out and it will be much easier to use.

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