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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. It can be challenging to overcome, because it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of ways to treat blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Firstly, apply a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also dislodge any remaining residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you will probably need to apply a warm compress several times every day for about 5 minutes. After that, you can apply the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Thorough eyelid washing is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so use a proper eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not transmittable and typically, does not lead to any permanent harm to your vision, so have a chat with your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.