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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It’s a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

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

You’ll be glad to hear that there are a number of things you can do to handle blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Firstly, apply a warm towel to your outer eyelids to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The warmth from the washcloth will also help get rid of any remaining residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. In the first stage of treatment, you’ll need to use the compress several times every day for about 5 minutes each time. Afterwards, you can apply the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Washing your eyelids well is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it’s best to find a commercial 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.

Even though it’s unpleasant, blepharitis isn’t catching and largely, doesn’t lead to any enduring harm to your vision, so speak to your O. D. about how to keep your lids clean and healthy.