Many dry eye sufferers have unhealthy eyelids that contain bacteria, debris, and dead skin cells. This eyelid condition is called blepharitis. The build-up of the bacteria and debris is similar to build-up of plaque on the teeth. If it accumulates, the bacteria can lead to increased risks of infections (styes), itchiness and inflamed eyelids (chalazion).
Thorough cleaning of the eyelids will lead to optimal eyegiene (eyelid hygiene) for healthier eyes. In this blog, we will discuss which eyelid wipes and cleansers are the safest to reduce blepharitis.
Blepharitis is characterized as inflammation of the eyelids caused by microbial overgrowth and debris. Almost everyone has a natural amount of microflora on their eyelids, but an increased concentration causes irritated, red and itchy eyes. The solution to reduce the blepharitis is to practice eyegiene!
Avoid Baby Shampoo
Using baby shampoo to clean the eyes is an outdated treatment that should be avoided. The literature suggests that baby shampoo isn’t effective at reducing bacteria and inflammation caused by blepharitis. In fact, it may also be causing damage to the goblet cells in the cornea. Additionally, baby shampoo contains many preservatives that can irritate the sensitive tissues of the eye. Ditch the baby shampoo and use products in your eye doctor’s cabinet that are safe and gentle for the eyes.
What’s in the Eye Doctor’s Cabinet?
Blephaclean wipes are uniquely formulated to effectively clean the lids. The wipes are created with high quality, medical grade gauze and are individually packaged for sterility. It does not contain preservatives, perfumes or parabens so it’s gentle and safe for even the most sensitive skin and eyes. If you have been diagnosed with blepharitis, these wipes can help reduce biofilm and debris to optimize the eye surface and keep it clean.
Blephagel Duo is a hypoallergenic gel for gentle eyelid cleansing. In addition to removing oil and dirt from the eyelids, it also soothes and cools the eyelids. Its sterile-free dispensing tube expels a calibrated dose with each pump to prevent bacterial contamination. This cleanser is also preservative free, paraben free and perfume free.
If you wear false eyelashes, this product is oil free so it won’t remove the glue from the lash extensions. Lastly, Blephagel Duo is a rinse-free formulation so it won’t leave a harsh residue on the eyelids.
Hypochlorous Acid (HOCL)
HOCl is a gentle antimicrobial and antibacterial solution. BIHOCL O.D. is available for Canadians and comes in a spray bottle formulation that is oil-free, alcohol-free and paraben free. Since it’s oil-free, BIHOCL O.D. can be used with lash extensions. It is an effective option to remove bacteria, reduce inflammation and restore eye comfort. Additionally, the pH for BIHOCL O.D. helps maintain its stability and makes it comfortable for the eyes.
I-Lid ‘N Lash
I-Lid ‘N Lash reduces blepharitis and debris on the eyes. It contains hyaluronic acid to moisturize and stabilize the tear film. The formulation is in an eyelid wipe or a cleanser. I-Lid ‘N Lash is safe to use to reduce itchiness, redness and bacterial build-up.
Do You Still Have Itchy and Red Eyelids? Find a Dry Eye Doctor Near You
Practicing daily eyegiene helps restore balance and reduces the risks of infections. I would recommend cleaning your eyelids at least once a day and during the same time as when you brush your teeth. However, if your eyelids are still itchy, red or dry, find a dry eye doctor near you. These doctors hold high standards of care when it comes to diagnosing and treating dry eyes. They can examine your eyes thoroughly and assess if there are any additional findings and recommendations.