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Keeping Lids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can sometimes be tricky to treat, as it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to treat blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm towel to the outside of your eye to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The heat from the washcloth will also help remove any remaining residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you may find you need to use the compress several times every day for approximately five minutes every time. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to use the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

This cleaning process is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so you should use a commercial lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want 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 contagious and typically, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your eyesight, so speak to your optometrist about the most effective way to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.