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Keeping Lids Clean

Do you have inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can sometimes be challenging to treat, because it's chronic.

The good news is that there are numerous options available to handle blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Try applying a warm compress, such as a washcloth, 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 dislodge any clogged residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you may find you need to apply a warm compress several times a day for roughly 5 minutes each time. Afterwards, you can use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is central to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to find a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure 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 isn't actually contagious at all and typically, doesn't cause any enduring harm to your vision, so speak to your O. D. about the most effective way to keep your lids clean and healthy.