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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. Blepharitis can be challenging to manage, because it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are numerous options available to treat blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm 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 get rid of any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you may find you need to do this several times throughout the day for roughly five minutes. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a commercial lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to carefully massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not transmittable and typically, doesn't lead to any permanent harm to your vision, so have a chat with your optometrist about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.