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Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Do you ever experience inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, specific sorts of skin conditions, or dry eye symptoms.

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

It's helpful to know, however, that there are several steps you can take to handle blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Start with putting a warm towel to your closed eyelid to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed before you begin the washing process. The warmth from the washcloth will also get rid of any remaining 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 a day for about five minutes every time. After that, you may only need to use the compress once daily for a few minutes.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is central to treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a proper eyelid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to lightly massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Although unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and largely, doesn't lead to any permanent damage to your vision, so have a talk with your eye care professional about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.

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