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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Do you ever experience inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It's a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

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

But it's reassuring to know that there are numerous options available to treat blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Begin by applying a warm compress to the outside of your eye to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the washcloth will also help dislodge any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to repeat this several times a day for roughly five minutes every time. Afterwards, you can apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

Washing your eyelids well is fundamental to blepharitis treatment, so use a commercial eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to lightly massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not contagious and generally, does not lead to any permanent harm to your vision, so make an appointment with your eye care professional about the most effective way to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.