Eye hygiene is essential to the treatment and management of dry eye but is usually overlooked. Your lids protect the ocular surface of the eyes and help in maintaining a healthy tear film. Keeping them clean won’t only aid with the treatment of dry eye but also prevent eye infections.
Learn more about the importance of having clean eyelids from a local optometrist.
Clean Eyes Help in Preventing Blepharitis
Blepharitis causes eyelid inflammation, resulting in red, sore, and crusty lids. It’s commonly caused by bacterial growth on the lids, which leads to an inflammatory reaction and tear film disruption. This condition can also worsen dry eye symptoms. You can prevent blepharitis by practicing good lid hygiene and maintenance.
When the condition escalates, the lids and lashes can become infected with Demodex or small mites that feed on the bacterial infestation. The symptoms of this a Demodex infestation are similar to blepharitis, like red, itchy, scaly skin. However, it’s often more severe and uncomfortable. Suffers can also experience a burning sensation and light sensitivity. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, it’s best to visit a specialist for an eye exam.
Keep Your Eyes Healthy
Aside from preventing blepharitis and Demodex infestation, proper eyelid hygiene can also contribute to good eye health. It is essential in protecting millions of glands lining the eyelids, which help secrete tears. These glands won’t be able to produce important oils into the tear when they are dirty or clogged. Without these essential oils, the front surface of your eyes will be left unprotected. It can make the eyes dry, which can lead to serious corneal damage.
At Northern Virginia Doctors of Optometry, you can rely on us for your eye care needs. Whether you need new contact lenses or eyeglasses, we’re here to help. Call us at (703) 413-1400 or fill out our contact form to learn more about our services. We assist patients in Alexandria, VA.