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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Do you have inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Common symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. Blepharitis can actually be difficult to treat, as it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of ways to take control of blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. A good first step is to place a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to the outside of your eye to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the washcloth will also help dislodge any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to repeat this several times throughout the day for about five minutes. After that, you can use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to carefully massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although unpleasant, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and typically, doesn't lead to any permanent damage to your eyesight, so make an appointment with your optometrist about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.