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Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can be difficult to overcome, because it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to handle blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Firstly, apply a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to help the crust begin to loosen before you clean them. The warmth from the washcloth will also help loosen any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. Initially you when you begin treatment, you will probably need to repeat this several times throughout the day for roughly 5 minutes every time. After that, you may only need to apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Thorough eyelid washing is essential to treating blepharitis, so use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and for the most part, does not cause any enduring harm to your eyesight, so speak to your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.