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Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

Do you have inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. Blepharitis can often be challenging to deal with, because it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of ways to treat blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene A good first step is to place a warm compress to the outside of your eye to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the compress will also help dislodge any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. Initially you when you begin treatment, you might need to apply a warm compress several times throughout the day for roughly five minutes. Later on, you can apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is essential to blepharitis treatment, so you should use a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although unpleasant, blepharitis isn't catching and in the vast majority of cases, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your eyesight, so schedule an appointment with your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to maintain eyelid hygiene.