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, often associated with a bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, such as acne, or dry eye symptoms.
Often, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, the feeling of a gritty or foreign body in your eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. It can be tricky to treat, because it's chronic.
But it's reassuring to know that there are several steps you can take to deal with blepharitis and make sure your eyes stay clean and healthy. Begin by applying a warm washcloth to the outside of your eye to help loosen the crust on your eyelids and eyelashes prior to cleaning them. The warmth from the compress will also help loosen any blocked residue in the oil-secreting glands in your eyelids. Initially you when you begin treatment, you'll need to apply a warm compress several times every day for roughly 5 minutes every time. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to use the compress for about five minutes each day.
Washing your eyelids well is a necessary part of blepharitis treatment, so use a proper lid scrub or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to lightly massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away at the end.
Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't actually contagious at all and in the vast majority of cases, does not lead to any permanent damage to your vision, so make an appointment with your eye care professional about how to make sure your lids are clean and healthy.