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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Have you ever experienced inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can often be challenging to deal with, as it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of things you can do to take control of blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Begin by applying a warm compress 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 washcloth will also help dislodge any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you'll need to apply a warm compress several times every day for about five minutes every time. After that, you can apply the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Thorough eyelid washing is central to blepharitis treatment, so you should use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to lightly massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and in the vast majority of cases, doesn't cause any long-term harm to your vision, so have a talk with your eye care professional about how to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.