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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can be difficult to manage, because it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of things you can do to handle blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your closed eyelid to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The heat from the washcloth will also get rid of any remaining residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you'll need to remember to do this several times throughout the day for about five minutes every time. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Thorough eyelid washing is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to gently massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and largely, does not lead to any permanent damage to your eyesight, so have a talk with your optometrist about the most effective way to keep your lids clean and healthy.