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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, which is also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, specific types of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can actually be problematic to manage, because it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of things you can do to deal with blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm towel to the outside of your eye to help the crust begin to loosen before you begin the cleaning process. The warmth from the washcloth will also help remove any blocked residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. At the start of your treatment, you might need to repeat this several times a day for about 5 minutes every time. Later on, you may only need to apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Thorough eyelid washing is central to treating blepharitis, so it's best to use a proper eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and for the most part, does not cause any long-term damage to your eyesight, so make an appointment with your optometrist about eyelid hygiene, to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.