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Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

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, specific kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can often be challenging to manage, as it's 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 washcloth to the outside of your eye to help the crust begin to loosen before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The heat from the compress will also help dislodge any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to repeat this several times throughout the day for roughly five minutes every time. After that, you can use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to carefully massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and typically, doesn't lead to any permanent damage to your vision, so speak to your eye care professional about eyelid hygiene, to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.