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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can sometimes be tricky to treat, because it's usually chronic.

You'll be glad to hear that there are several steps you can take to handle blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Firstly, apply a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your closed eyelid to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also help get rid of any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to remember to do this several times throughout the day for roughly 5 minutes. After that, you may only need to use the compress for about five minutes each day.

Washing your eyelids well is fundamental to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a proper eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to lightly massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not transmittable and generally, does not cause any long-term damage to your eyesight, so call your optometrist about how to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.