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Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can actually be hard to manage, because it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to treat blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Firstly, apply a warm towel to your closed eyelid to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The warmth from the compress will also loosen any remaining residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you will probably need to repeat this several times throughout the day for about 5 minutes every time. Later on, you may only need to apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

This cleaning process is essential to treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a proper eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not transmittable and in the vast majority of cases, doesn't lead to any permanent damage to your vision, so make an appointment with your O. D. about the most effective way to keep your lids clean and healthy.