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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? It's a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can actually be tricky to deal with, as it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are numerous options available to treat blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Begin by applying a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to help the crust begin to loosen prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the washcloth will also help loosen any remaining residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you might need to repeat this several times a day for approximately 5 minutes every time. Afterwards, you can apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Thorough eyelid washing is central to treating blepharitis, so you should use a commercial eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to gently massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't contagious and in the vast majority of cases, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your vision, so speak to your O. D. about the best way to maintain eyelid hygiene.