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Keep a Lid on Eye Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, specific types of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can often be difficult to deal with, as it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are numerous options available to take control of blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. A good first step is to place a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to help the crust begin to loosen before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The heat from the washcloth will also loosen any remaining residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you will probably need to use the compress several times every day for approximately five minutes each time. After that, you may only need to apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

This cleaning process is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to use a proper lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to gently massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Although unpleasant, blepharitis isn't catching and typically, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your vision, so speak to your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.