Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that a lot of people suffer from at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, sometimes linked to a bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eye symptoms.
Usually, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, the sensation of a foreign body in the eye, tearing and some crustiness in or around the eye. It can be difficult to deal with, because it's chronic.
But it's reassuring to know that there are several steps you can take to take control of blepharitis and ensure good eyelid hygiene Firstly, apply a warm washcloth to your closed eyelid to help the crust begin to loosen before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also help get rid of any remaining residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you may find you need to use the compress several times every day for approximately five minutes each time. After that, you may only need to use the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.
Properly cleaning your eyelids is central to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to gently massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.
Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis isn't catching and largely, doesn't lead to any long-term damage to your eyesight, so make an appointment with your optometrist about the most effective way to keep your lids clean and healthy.