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Keeping Your Eyelids Clean

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that many people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, specific sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can be tricky to deal with, because it's chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of things you can do to deal with blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying 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 help get rid of any clogged residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you will probably need to use the compress several times every day for roughly five minutes each time. Afterwards, you can use the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

This cleaning process is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't catching and generally, doesn't cause any enduring damage to your vision, so call your eye care professional about the most effective way to maintain clean and healthy eyelids.