Inflamed eyelids, also known as blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, 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 actually be challenging to treat, as it's chronic.
It's helpful to know, however, that there are several steps you can take to take control of blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Begin by applying a warm compress to your closed eyelid to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the washcloth will also loosen any clogged residue in the glands that secrete oil to your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to repeat this several times throughout the day for roughly 5 minutes every time. After that, you may only need to apply the compress for a few minutes, once a day.
Thorough eyelid washing is essential to blepharitis treatment, so it's best to use a commercial eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Be sure to lightly massage the outside of your eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.
Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't contagious and for the most part, doesn't lead to any long-term harm to your vision, so call your eye care professional about eyelid hygiene, to maintain eyelid hygiene.