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Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, which is also referred to as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can sometimes be difficult to deal with, because it's chronic.

The good news is that there are a number of things you can do to treat blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm towel to your outer eyelids to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also dislodge any clogged residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. When you begin treatment, you might need to repeat this several times a day for about 5 minutes each time. When things clear up a bit, you can use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Washing your eyelids well is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so you should use a proper lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to lightly massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Although uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and generally, does not cause any enduring damage to your eyesight, so have a talk with your eye care professional about how to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.