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Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. It can sometimes be difficult to treat, because it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are numerous options available to deal with blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Begin by applying a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to the outside of your eye to help the crust begin to loosen before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also loosen any blocked residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. In the first stage of treatment, you may find you need to use the compress several times every day for approximately 5 minutes every time. After that, you may only need to use the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a commercial lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to lightly massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not transmittable and generally, does not cause any permanent damage to your vision, so schedule an appointment with your eye care professional about eyelid hygiene, to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.