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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can actually be tricky to deal with, as it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are numerous options available to take control of blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm 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 loosen any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you might need to repeat this several times throughout the day for roughly 5 minutes every time. Afterwards, you may only need to use the compress for about five minutes each day.

Cleaning your eyelids is essential to treating blepharitis, so use a proper eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't contagious and typically, does not cause any permanent damage to your vision, so have a talk with your O. D. about how to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.