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Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Do you have inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Common 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 actually be problematic to deal with, because it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are several steps you can take to handle blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. A good first step is to place a warm towel to your outer eyelids to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you go ahead and clean your eyes. The warmth from the washcloth will also loosen any clogged residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to remember to do this several times a day for about 5 minutes. When things clear up a bit, you can use the compress for about five minutes each day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is central to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to find a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't contagious and largely, doesn't lead to any permanent harm to your eyesight, so speak to your eye care professional about the best way to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.