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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, specific kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can sometimes be hard to deal with, as it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are several steps you can take to take control of blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Start with putting a warm washcloth to your outer eyelids to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The heat from the compress will also help remove any blocked residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you might need to apply a warm compress several times a day for approximately 5 minutes each time. Afterwards, you can use the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to gently massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and largely, doesn't lead to any enduring damage to your eyesight, so have a chat with your eye care professional about how to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.