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Keep a Lid on Eye Hygiene

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis? It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

Common symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. Blepharitis can often be tricky to manage, because it's usually chronic.

The good news is that there are several steps you can take to take control of 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 outer eyelids to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The heat from the washcloth will also help remove any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. In the first stage of treatment, you may find you need to repeat this several times every day for roughly 5 minutes each time. Afterwards, you may only need to use the compress for about five minutes each day.

Cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so it's best to find a proper eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to carefully massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and typically, does not lead to any enduring damage to your vision, so schedule an appointment with your eye care professional about how to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.

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