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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.

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

You'll be glad to hear that there are several steps you can take to take control of blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Try applying a warm towel to your outer eyelids to help the crust begin to loosen before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The heat from the compress will also help get rid of any clogged residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. Initially you when you begin treatment, you may find you need to do this several times every day for approximately five minutes. Later on, you may only need to apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

This cleaning process is fundamental to treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a commercial lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not infectious and generally, doesn't cause any long-term harm to your eyesight, so have a talk with your O. D. about the most effective way to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.