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Keeping Lids Clean

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, which is also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can be difficult to manage, because it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of ways to handle blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Start with putting a warm washcloth to your outer eyelids to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you begin the cleaning process. The warmth from the compress will also dislodge any clogged residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. In the first stage of treatment, you may find you need to repeat this several times every day for approximately five minutes each time. Later on, you can use the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is essential to treating blepharitis, so use a commercial eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to lightly massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis is not infectious and typically, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your eyesight, so speak to your O. D. about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.

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