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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.

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

You'll be glad to hear that there are several steps you can take to deal with blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. A good first step is to place a warm washcloth to your outer eyelids to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also help loosen any clogged residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. When you begin treatment, you might need to do this several times throughout the day for roughly 5 minutes. After that, you may only need to use the compress for about five minutes each day.

This cleaning process is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to lightly massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and largely, does not cause any long-term damage to your vision, so make an appointment with your O. D. about the most effective way to keep your lids clean and healthy.