Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Do you have inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can actually be hard to deal with, because it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are numerous options available to handle blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. A good first step is to place a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your closed eyelid to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you begin the cleaning process. The warmth from the compress will also remove any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to repeat this several times a day for roughly five minutes. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to use the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so you should use a proper lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not transmittable and generally, does not cause any enduring damage to your vision, so speak to your optometrist about how to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.

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