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Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Do you have inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can actually be hard to deal with, because it's chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of things you can do to treat blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Begin by applying a warm towel to the outside of your eye to help the crust begin to loosen prior to cleaning them. The heat from the compress will also remove any blocked residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. In the first stage of treatment, you may find you need to remember to do this several times every day for roughly five minutes. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so you should use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to lightly massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and typically, doesn't cause any permanent harm to your vision, so schedule an appointment with your optometrist about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.

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