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Clean Lids, Healthy Eyes

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, some types of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can actually be difficult to treat, as it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to deal with blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm washcloth to the outside of your eye to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you begin the cleaning process. The heat from the compress will also help loosen any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you will probably need to repeat this several times throughout the day for approximately 5 minutes. After that, you can use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

Washing your eyelids well is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to lightly 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 contagious and largely, does not lead to any permanent damage to your eyesight, so have a talk with your eye care professional about how to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.

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