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Keep a Lid on Eye Hygiene

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can be challenging to manage, as it's usually chronic.

The good news is that there are a number of ways to take control of blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your outer eyelids to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The warmth from the compress will also help remove any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. When you begin treatment, you'll need to use the compress several times every day for about 5 minutes. Later on, you may only need to apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is central to blepharitis treatment, so you should use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to carefully massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and in the vast majority of cases, doesn't lead to any long-term harm to your eyesight, so speak to your eye care professional about the best way to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.

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