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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. It can sometimes be problematic to treat, as it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of ways to treat blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Start with putting a warm washcloth to the outside of your eye to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you begin the washing process. The warmth from the washcloth will also loosen any blocked residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. In the first stage of treatment, you might need to use the compress several times throughout the day for approximately 5 minutes every time. Later on, you may only need to use the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Washing your eyelids well is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a proper eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and in the vast majority of cases, does not lead to any enduring damage to your eyesight, so make an appointment with your eye care professional about the best way to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.