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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can often be challenging to overcome, because it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are numerous options available to take control of blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Try applying a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your outer eyelids to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the washcloth will also loosen any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. At the start of your treatment, you may find you need to repeat this several times a day for about five minutes. After that, you can use the compress for about five minutes each day.

This cleaning process is central to treating blepharitis, so use a proper lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to lightly massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't contagious and generally, doesn't lead to any permanent damage to your vision, so speak to your optometrist about the best way to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.

Dear Patients,

Dr. Lewis Eye Care has made the difficult choice to temporarily close due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic based on the recommendation of the CDC. We cannot perform eye exams while maintaining social distancing, so continuing to see patients at this time could contribute to the spread of the virus.

Our initial plan had been to reopen Monday April 6th. However, as we get closer to that date it is becoming apparent that we may have to be closed for a longer, indefinite period of time.

If you are having an urgent eye health issue, there are some clinics in our area that are seeing patients for emergencies during shorter business hours. You should call ahead to those offices before going to their clinic, as their availability might change day by day. Those clinics could include Vancouver Eye Care at 360-823-2020, Peace Health Medical Group Eye Care at 360-514-7210, and Vancouver Clinic in Salmon Creek at 360-882-2778.

If you need a glasses or contact lens prescription emailed to you from our office, click on the Contact Form link, type in your name, email, and what you are requesting, and we will email you the information you need as soon as we can.

Thank you for your understanding, and please stay healthy during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

Dr. Scott Lewis, OD