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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can be problematic to manage, as it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to deal with blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Try applying a warm towel to your closed eyelid to help the crust begin to loosen before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also help loosen any blocked residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. At the start of your treatment, you will probably need to apply a warm compress several times every day for approximately 5 minutes each time. When things clear up a bit, you can apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

Cleaning your eyelids is essential to treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a proper eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to gently massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and for the most part, does not lead to any permanent harm to your eyesight, so have a talk with your O. D. about the most effective way to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.