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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

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

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of things you can do to take control of blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. A good first step is to place a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to the outside of your eye to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you clean them. The warmth from the washcloth will also get rid of any remaining residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you'll need to use the compress several times throughout the day for about five minutes each time. Afterwards, you can use the compress for about five minutes each day.

Cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so it's best to find a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and largely, doesn't cause any enduring harm to your vision, so have a chat with your eye care professional about the best way to keep your lids clean and healthy.