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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Common symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can sometimes be difficult to deal with, as it's usually chronic.

The good news is that there are numerous options available to deal with blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. A good first step is to place a warm washcloth to your outer eyelids to help the crust begin to loosen before you begin the cleaning process. The heat from the compress will also loosen any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. In the first stage of treatment, you may find you need to use the compress several times a day for roughly five minutes each time. Later on, you can apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is central to treating blepharitis, so it's best to use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to gently massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and generally, doesn't cause any long-term damage to your eyesight, so have a talk with your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.

SOUTH COAST OPTOMETRY UPDATE – JULY 1, 2020

COVID-19 has been and continues to be an ongoing trial for all of us. During this unforeseen time, we ask kindly for your understanding and compliance to the CDC guidelines. In order to decrease the chances of contraction, we are allowing only one parent to accompany their child during the examination. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

We also want to inform you of the new additional symptoms of COVID-19 that have been added to the previous symptoms as potential indicators of having COVID-19:

New symptoms:             Congestion/runny nose
                                           Nausea
                                           Diarrhea

Previous symptoms:       Headache
                                            Fever/chills
                                            Dry cough
                                            Shortness of breath
                                            Fatigue
                                            Sore throat
                                            Muscle/body aches
                                            New loss of taste or smell

Please be aware that a person does not have to have all of these symptoms but anyone or multiple symptoms can be an indicator of having COVID-19. If you or any family members are experiencing any of the above symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule your appointment and contact yourprimary care provider. It is best to reschedule your appointment with us after being symptom-free for14 days.

We at South Coast Optometry truly appreciate each and every one of you as a person and value your trust in us to take care of your most precious eyes. As always, we will continue to closely monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate any and all changes through our website,
www.SouthCoastOptometry.com. Again, we truly appreciate your understanding and support during this unprecedented time and look forward to seeing everyone soon!

Sincerely,

Dr. Daniel E. Quon, O.D., and The Entire South Coast Optometry Team!!!

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Until further notice, we are only seeing essential care patients. Our hours are:
Monday: 10:00 AM to 7:00PM
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Thursday: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00AM to 6:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

We now offer TeleHealth consultations, Call (714) 540-2020 to schedule a time
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