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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

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

Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can actually be difficult to deal with, because it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are several steps you can take to handle blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Start with putting a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to the outside of your eye to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the washcloth will also dislodge any blocked residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you will probably need to remember to do this several times throughout the day for roughly 5 minutes each time. After that, you can apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

Washing your eyelids well is fundamental to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to find a commercial eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to lightly massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and typically, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your eyesight, so have a chat with your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.

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