Keeping Lids Clean
Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, certain sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.
Common symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. It can sometimes be tricky to treat, because it's usually chronic.
It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of things you can do to treat blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Try applying a warm compress, such as a washcloth, 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 compress will also help loosen any clogged residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you'll need to use the compress several times a day for approximately five minutes every time. Afterwards, you may only need to apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.
Cleaning your eyelids is fundamental to treating blepharitis, so use a commercial lid 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 is not contagious and largely, does not cause any permanent harm to your eyesight, so have a chat with your optometrist about the most effective way to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.