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Keep a Lid on Eye Hygiene

Inflamed eyelids, also referred to as blepharitis, is something that many people experience at some point during their lives. It's a common eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, certain kinds of skin conditions, or dry eyes.

Generally, symptoms include itching, burning, redness, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. The condition can be tricky to manage, because it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to take control of blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Start with putting a warm compress, such as a washcloth, to your outer eyelids to help the crust begin to loosen before you clean them. The heat from the compress will also soften the crusts and help to remove any remaining residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. When you begin treatment, you will probably need to remember to do this several times a day for approximately 5 minutes every time. When things clear up a bit, you can apply the compress one time per day, just for a few minutes.

This cleaning process is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so you should use a commercial lid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. You want to carefully massage your outer eyelids and wash any residue away when you're done. Be sure to massage at the base of the eyelashes, as this is where much of the blepharitis causes problems. Your optometrist may also recommend eyedrops or oral medications if extra help is needed.

Although it may be uncomfortable, blepharitis is not contagious and largely, doesn't lead to any enduring harm to your vision, so call your eye care professional about eyelid hygiene, to keep your lids clean and healthy.

Thank you for trusting your eyecare with us over the years.  The Foresight Eyecare team follows the government mandate to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.  After December 2020 announcements made by the Alberta Government, our clinic is following the revised Infection Prevention and Control policy by the Alberta College of Optometrists.

Patients interested in obtaining eye exam services or eye care products can be seen by appointment only.  Please call ahead, and staff will arrange an appointment time and ask COVID-19 screening questions.  If you have any symptoms of cough, fever, runny nose or shortness of breath, we ask that you call or e-mail us and do not attend the clinic for your scheduled visit.   Within the clinic, please wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer at reception.  Our clinic complies with the City of Calgary bylaw requiring mask covering over the age of two years old.  For patients who are unable to wear a face covering due to medical reasons, the patient can be scheduled for an appointment at a time when minimal number of other patients are in the clinic such as at the beginning or end of the day to ensure appropriate physical distancing requirements.

We are using disposable disinfectant wipes on all surfaces and devices such as front desk counters, chairs, handles in exam rooms and waiting room.  All eyewear that have been touched by patients are continually being sanitized.   Any toys and magazines are stored at this time.  Examination areas are being sanitized with hospital grade disinfectant.  Debit and credit cards but NO CASH payments will be accepted.

COVID-19 symptoms are not always obvious.  We want to fend off this pandemic and minimize risk to our patients and the Foresight staff as front line health workers.   Contact that is closer than 2 m (6 feet) is to be avoided, with barriers in place when this cannot be avoided. We choose to continue to do our work and cautiously take care of our patients with compassion, humility, gentleness, and patience.   It is a challenging and new experience for many of us, so let‘s support each other and prevent virus spread!  Beyond 2020, our focus is on take care of you and keeping Clean Hands, Clear Heads and Open Hearts.   For more information, please refer to the following web pages or phone Health Link 811.

www.albertahealthservices.ca

www.collegeofoptometrists.ab.ca

Drs. Dianna Leong, Anh Bui, Andrew Chan