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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, which is also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. It can be difficult to treat, as it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of things you can do to take control of blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Start with putting a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to help the crust begin to loosen before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The warmth from the compress will also loosen any blocked residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. At the start of your treatment, you may find you need to use the compress several times every day for about 5 minutes each time. When things clear up a bit, you can use the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

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

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and largely, doesn't lead to any permanent harm to your eyesight, so speak to your optometrist about eyelid hygiene, to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.

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