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Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

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

It's helpful to know, however, that there are several steps you can take to deal with blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. A good first step is to place a warm compress to your closed eyelid to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you clean them. The warmth from the washcloth will also help dislodge any blocked residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to use the compress several times every day for approximately five minutes each time. After that, you can apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Washing your eyelids well is central to blepharitis treatment, so use a commercial 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.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and for the most part, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your eyesight, so have a talk with your optometrist about the best way to maintain eyelid hygiene.