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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can sometimes be tricky to overcome, as it's usually chronic.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to handle blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Try applying a warm compress to the outside of your eye to help the crust begin to loosen before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The warmth from the compress will also help remove any blocked residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you'll need to remember to do this several times every day for roughly five minutes. After that, you can use the compress for about five minutes each day.

Cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so you should use a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to lightly massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't catching and largely, doesn't lead to any long-term harm to your eyesight, so schedule an appointment with your optometrist about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.