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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.