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Keep a Lid on Eye Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people experience at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. Blepharitis can actually be problematic to overcome, as it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to take control of blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Try applying a warm towel to your closed eyelid to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you clean them. The heat from the washcloth will also dislodge any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. In the first stage of treatment, you may find you need to remember to do this several times every day for roughly 5 minutes each time. When things clear up a bit, you can apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Thorough eyelid washing is central to treating blepharitis, so you should use a commercial lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to lightly 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 contagious and in the vast majority of cases, doesn't lead to any enduring damage to your eyesight, so speak to your optometrist about how to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.

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