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Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Usually, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can often be problematic to treat, as it's 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. Firstly, apply a warm washcloth to your outer eyelids to allow the crust around your eyes and eyelashes to gently be removed prior to cleaning them. The heat from the compress will also loosen any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you will probably need to remember to do this several times every day for roughly five minutes every time. Afterwards, you can apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

Cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to lightly massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not infectious and generally, doesn't cause any long-term harm to your vision, so call your O. D. about the best way to make sure your eyelids are clean and healthy.