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As part of our COVID-19 protocol we are now requiring our patients to undergo an Optomap Retinal exam in lieu of dilation to evaluate the inside lining of the eye. This procedure is being performed to lessen the time spent in our office. There is an additional fee of $35.00 for this test which is often not covered by insurance plans as it is considered a health screening. However, it can be billed to a medical insurance plan if there is a retinal disease diagnosis. Please speak to our staff for more information.

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Clean Lids for Healthy Eyes

Are you suffering from inflamed eyelids, also called blepharitis? It's a commonly occurring eyelid inflammation, usually associated with an already existing bacterial eye infection, certain types of skin conditions, like acne, or dry eyes.

Often, symptoms include redness, itching, burning, a gritty sensation in the eye, tearing and crusting around the eye. Blepharitis can sometimes be challenging to manage, because it's usually chronic.

It's helpful to know, however, that there are a number of ways to treat blepharitis and guarantee that your eyes stay clean and healthy. Start with putting a warm compress to your closed eyelid to facilitate loosening the crust that may have formed on your eyelids and eyelashes before you begin the cleaning process. The warmth from the compress will also dislodge any blocked residue in your eyelids' oil secreting glands. Initially you when you begin treatment, you might need to do this several times throughout the day for approximately 5 minutes every time. When things clear up a bit, you may only need to apply the compress for about five minutes each day.

Properly cleaning your eyelids is a necessary part of treating blepharitis, so it's best to find a proper eyelid cleanser or whatever product your optometrist recommends. Try to carefully massage your outer eyelids and all residue should be rinsed off after the cleansing process.

Even though it's unpleasant, blepharitis isn't catching and generally, doesn't lead to any long-term damage to your vision, so schedule an appointment with your O. D. about the best way to maintain eyelid hygiene.