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Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can sometimes be problematic to deal with, as it's chronic.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to handle blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Begin by applying a warm compress to the outside of your eye to help the crust begin to loosen before you begin the cleaning process. The warmth from the washcloth will also help remove any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you might need to repeat this several times a day for roughly five minutes every time. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to use the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Cleaning your eyelids is essential to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and largely, doesn't lead to any permanent harm to your eyesight, so make an appointment with your optometrist about how to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.