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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people experience at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific types of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can sometimes be difficult to treat, because it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are several steps you can take to treat blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Start with putting a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you begin the cleaning process. The warmth from the compress will also help remove any blocked residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you may find you need to apply a warm compress several times throughout the day for about 5 minutes. Later on, you can apply the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is central to treating blepharitis, so use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to gently massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and typically, does not lead to any enduring harm to your vision, so have a chat with your eye care professional about eyelid hygiene, to maintain eyelid hygiene.

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