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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.