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How to Wash Your Eyelids
An important part of controlling your blepharitis begins with treatment at home.
One of the most common forms of dry eye syndrome self-care is washing your eyelids with baby shampoo and warm water. Washing your eyelids can help clear them of oil buildup around the lashes or debris and can decrease bacteria around the eyelids. Help keep your eyelids clean and functioning properly with the following steps:
1. Wash your hands.
2. Dilute a small amount of non-irritating baby shampoo with warm water; use a commercially prepared lid scrub solution recommended by your optometrist.
3. Using a clean wash cloth, run the solution across the eyelashes and the edge of your closed eyelid. Again, make sure to use a clean cloth for each eye to prevent further irritation.
4. Rinse your eyes with clear water.
5. Repeat process with the other eye.
Studies show that dry eyes are one of the most common eye problems throughout the United States. Dry eyes are caused by a lack of quality tear production, and are most common in both men and women over the age of 50. Tear production can be limited by a variety of causes; one of the most common is a specific eye inflammation known as blepharitis. Here, we discuss ways to alleviate dry eye caused by blepharitis.
What Is Blepharitis?
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid that is often associated with an infection.
Dry eye is one of the most common symptoms of blepharitis. However, other symptoms may include red or swollen eyelids, sensitivity to light, blurry vision and crusting of the eyelashes.
Blepharitis is classified in two different types:
How Is It Treated?
Treatment for blepharitis varies depending on the specific type. Keeping your eyelids clean and free of crusts is typically the key to treating blepharitis. In addition, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following.
If you wear contact lenses, you may have to temporarily discontinue wearing them during treatment.
Want to Know More?
If you suffer from red or irritated eyes, discuss the problem with your eye doctor right away. He or she can provide self-care tips as well as share additional ways to prevent future eye infections and protect your eyes.
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