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Looking at Eyelid Hygiene

Do you have inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can often be challenging to manage, as it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are numerous options available to deal with blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Begin by applying a warm compress to your outer eyelids to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The heat from the washcloth will also get rid of any remaining residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. At the start of your treatment, you'll need to remember to do this several times every day for about 5 minutes every time. After that, you can apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

This cleaning process is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so use a proper eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to carefully massage the outside of your eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Although unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and typically, doesn't lead to any enduring damage to your vision, so have a talk with your O. D. about how to keep your lids clean and healthy.


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The Shuswap Optometric Team