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Focusing on Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. Blepharitis can be problematic to overcome, as it's usually chronic.

You'll be glad to hear that there are numerous options available to handle blepharitis and maintain healthy eye hygiene. Start with putting a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the compress will also help loosen any remaining residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you'll need to do this several times every day for roughly 5 minutes every time. After that, you may only need to apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

This cleaning process is central to treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a proper eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want 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 infectious and typically, does not lead to any permanent harm to your eyesight, so schedule an appointment with your eye care professional about eyelid hygiene, to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.

Great news! 

Our offices are now reopened!

The Doctors & staff of both offices have been working hard to put in place safeguards that will keep our patients and staff, healthy and safe. Not only will we be adhering to strict disinfection protocols as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there are a few other temporary protocols that we would like to make you aware of:

The safety of our patients and staff is by far the most important thing on our minds as we reopen, and we apologize in advance for any and all inconveniences that this COVID-19 Pandemic period may have caused you and your family.

If you have any questions email our Peoria Office Manager at or our Bloomington Office Manager at

We look forward to seeing everyone soon.

The Doctors & Staff of Peoria Eye Professionals