Do you have inflamed eyelids, otherwise known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an existing bacterial eye infection, specific kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.
Generally, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in your eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can be difficult to manage, because it's chronic.
But it's reassuring to know that there are several steps you can take to treat blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Firstly, apply a warm towel to your outer eyelids to help the crust begin to loosen before you begin the washing process. The warmth from the compress will also help dislodge any blocked 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 each time. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to use the compress once daily for a few minutes.
Thorough eyelid washing is fundamental to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to find a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Make sure to carefully massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.
Although uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and for the most part, does not lead to any enduring damage to your eyesight, so schedule an appointment with your optometrist about the best way to keep your lids clean and healthy.