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Keeping Lids Clean

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can sometimes be difficult to overcome, as it's chronic.

The good news is that there are numerous options available to take control of blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Try applying a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to help the crust begin to loosen before you begin the cleaning process. The warmth from the washcloth will also help get rid of any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you might need to use the compress several times every day for about five minutes every time. Later on, you can use the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Washing your eyelids well is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so you should use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want 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 generally, does not lead to any long-term damage to your vision, so speak to your optometrist about eyelid hygiene, to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.