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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Do you ever experience inflamed eyelids, which is also referred to as blepharitis? It's a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.

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

You'll be glad to hear that there are several steps you can take to handle blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. A good first step is to place a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your outer eyelids to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The heat from the washcloth will also help remove any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. In the first stage of treatment, you will probably need to remember to do this several times throughout the day for approximately 5 minutes. After that, you may only need to use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Thorough eyelid washing is essential to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to gently massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not infectious and for the most part, does not cause any enduring damage to your vision, so schedule an appointment with your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.