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Keeping Lids Clean

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eyes.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can often be problematic to treat, because it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of things you can do to handle blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Firstly, apply a warm towel to the outside of your eye to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes before you begin the cleaning process. The heat from the compress will also get rid of any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. In the first stage of treatment, you might need to repeat this several times every day for roughly five minutes every time. Afterwards, you can use the compress for about five minutes each day.

Thorough eyelid washing is central to blepharitis treatment, so you should use a commercial eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't contagious and generally, doesn't cause any long-term harm to your vision, so have a talk with your eye care professional about the most effective way to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.

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