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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.