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Keeping Lids Clean

Have you noticed that you might be suffering from inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis? Blepharitis is a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, some sorts of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.

Common symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. The condition can sometimes be hard to overcome, because it's usually chronic.

But it's reassuring to know that there are a number of ways to treat blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Start with putting a warm washcloth to the outside of your eye to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you begin the cleaning process. The heat from the washcloth will also get rid of any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. When you begin treatment, you may find you need to apply a warm compress several times every day for roughly five minutes. Afterwards, you can apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.

Thorough eyelid washing is fundamental to treating blepharitis, so it's best to use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis is not contagious and in the vast majority of cases, doesn't cause any enduring harm to your eyesight, so have a talk with our optometrist about how to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.

Do you live in Canton? are you looking for an optometrist in Canton to learn more from about keeping your eye lids clean? We are minutes away and are happy to serve you.