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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Do you ever experience inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can sometimes be challenging to overcome, because it's chronic.

You'll be glad to hear that there are numerous options available to take control of blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Firstly, apply a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your closed eyelid to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also loosen any remaining residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you will probably need to do this several times a day for about 5 minutes. Later on, you can apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

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

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis is not transmittable and generally, doesn't lead to any long-term harm to your vision, so speak to your optometrist about the best way to keep your lids clean and healthy.