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Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can be tricky to deal with, because it's usually chronic.

You'll be glad to hear that there are a number of ways to handle blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Begin by applying a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you begin the cleaning process. The heat from the compress will also help remove any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you will probably need to do this several times throughout the day for roughly five minutes each time. Afterwards, you may only need to apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so you should use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and largely, doesn't cause any permanent harm to your eyesight, so have a talk with your O. D. about how to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.