Blepharitis and Lid Hygiene

Blepharitis is a chronic disease caused by dysfonction of the oil glands in the eyelid. Lid Hygiene is important to remove oil and debris from the eyelid margin on a daily basis.

Blepharitis

Blepharitis is a chronic disease caused by dysfonction of the oil glands in the eyelid. Normally, these glands produce the oil component of the tear film. In blepharitis, the glands produce an abnormal oil that is very irritating to the eyelid and eye. Common symptoms are burnng, redness and itching. Oil and debris accumulate on the lid margin and eyelashes. If the accumulation is significant, the lids may stick together, particularly in the morning upon awakening. This eyelid debris is also a breeding ground for bacteria. The bacteria secrete products that are further irritating to the eyelid and eye.

Lid Hygiene

It is important to remove oil and debris from the eyelid margin on a daily basis. LidHygenix was developed by an eye doctor to assist with eyelid cleansing. This gentle, non-irritating solution is specifically formulated for the delicate skin of the eyelids. LidHygenix is also an effective eye makeup remover. Used as part of a daily cleansing regimen, LidHygenix will help foster lid health and hygiene.

Before and after eyelid cleansing

eyelid cleanser for blepharitis

Eyelid cleanser for blepharitis

Directions for eyelid cleasing

  1. Wash and clean hands prior to application.
  2. Remove contact lenses prior to use.
  3. Use a warm compress (Eye Doctor, Bruder, Opti-Therm, USB Mask) over closed eyelids for 5 to 10 minutes, to help loosen oil and debris. Warmth is very important in the treatment of blepharitis, as it opens the plugged oil glands in the eyelid.
  4. Apply foam to fingertips and gently scrub eyelashes using a side-to-side motion. Eyes should be closed during cleansing. If using the liquid formula, a cotton ball or sterile pad can be used to apply the solution.
  5. Prior to opening your eyes, blot eyelids with a clean dry towel.
  6. Avoid direct contact of the solution in your eyes.

Caution: For external use only. If redness, irritation, or allergic symptoms occur, discontinue use immediately and call your eye care professional.

LidHygenix and other excellent eyelid cleansers are available right here online at the Dry Eye Store. You can shop online and have it delivered directly at your door.

In addition to lid hygiene your doctor may recommend other treatments:

  • Topical antibiotics

    • Bacteria on the eyelid margin may cause dysfunction of the oil glands and local irritation. Antibiotic drops and ointments are sometimes used to kill harmful bacteria.
  • Topical steroids

    • In some cases steroid drops and ointments are used to reduce inflammation of the eyelid and eye. Long term use of topical steroids can cause cataracts and glaucoma, and for that reason they are usually indicated for short term use only.
  • Artificial tears

    • Patients with blepharitis often have dry eyes. The oil layer of the tear film helps prevent tear evaporation. Patients with blepharitis have a defective oil layer which causes rapid tear evaporation. This can lead to dry eye symptoms. Artificial tears are useful in reducing symptoms of irritation associated with blepharitis.

Blepharitis Associated conditions

Blepharitis is also common in patients who do not adequately remove eye makeup. Mascara is often a breeding ground for bacteria and the mascara can plug the oil glands. LidHygenix removes debris from the lid margin and is also an effective eye makeup remover. All eye makeup should be carefully removed before bedtime.

Blepharitis often occurs in patients with oily skin and dandruff. In these cases, dandruff accumulates on the eyelashes and the scalp. There is less inflammation of the eyelid margin. LidHygenix removes dandruff scales from the eyelashes.

Rosacea is a disease of middle age and is more common in females than males. Patients have a generalized dysfunction of the oil glands of their skin. Acne lesions develop on the face. The skin is often red and inflamed. Blood vessels on the skin are dilated and visible to the naked eye. Approximately one-half of patients with rosacea have signs and symptoms of blepharitis.

Blepharitis Prognosis

Blepharitis can last a few weeks or it can develop into a chronic condition. When chronic, symptoms can be controlled but not always eliminated. It is important for patients to realise that in some cases there is no cure. Proper lid hygiene combined with other methods of treatment recommended by your eye doctor can often control symptoms for the long run and improve eye health and comfort.

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LidHygenix foam was developed by Dr. David Palay, a practicing eye surgeon in Atlanta Georgia. Dr. Palay sees many patients every day in his office complaining of itching, burning and stinging of the eyes and lids. In addition to dry eyes and allergies, some of these patients symptoms were related to poor lid hygiene.

Why choose LidHygenix foam ? Over time, debris and bacteria build up on the eyelashes contributing to ocular irritation. A “biofilm” forms on the eyelids. This biofilm not only enters the ocular surface, but is a breeding ground for bacterial and parasitic (demodex) infections. In addition, many patients have inflammation of the oil glands in their eyelids (blepharitis), and daily hygienehelps remove the staph bacteria that contributes to the inflammation. Hygiene also removes the oily debris from the glands which can irritate the ocular surface.

LidHygenix foam is also an extremely effective makeup remover and inadequate makeup removal can contribute to ocular irritation. Dr. Palay’s philosophy is that patients should clean their eyelids every day. Imagine the condition of a patient’s scalp, if they did not shampoo their hair regularly? Although, there were other lid cleansers on the market, Dr Palay found that many patients actually complained of worse irritation after using these products. His research showed that the products on the market had harsh chemicals and preservatives that limited the ability of patients to incorporate them into their daily hygiene regimen. Dr. Palay worked with a cosmetic chemist to develop a product that was extremely gentle, yet effective, and could be used daily without irritation. LidHygenix was developed over a 5 year period where Dr. Palay refined the product to produce a perfect balance of gentleness with effectiveness. Compared to other lid cleansers on the market, LidHygenix contains a natural preservative derived from radish root,

LidHygenix Foam - Eyelid cleanser for dry eyes and makeup remover.

LidHygenix Foam – Eyelid cleanser for dry eyes

and makeup remover.

versus a chemical preservative. LidHygenix foam is the only lid cleanser on the market which contains the natural moisturizer, Aloe. Dr. Palay recommends using LidHygenix foam in the shower. The warmth of the shower helps open the oil glands of the lids. Similar to shampoo, the foam dispenser produces a lather that can be used to scrub the eyelashes with the fingertips. The water of the shower can then be used to rinse the foam off once the eyelashes are cleansed. Dr. Palay tells his patients to shampoo their eye lashes at the same time that they shampoo their hair. One bottle of Foam provides approximately 150 applications, making it a very economical way to achieve lid hygiene. Used as part of a daily cleansing routine, LidHygenix foam will help foster lid health and hygiene.

About Dr. Palay: Dr Palay received his undergraduate degree from Duke University, Summa Cum Laude. He attended medical school and completed his residency at Emory University. He did a fellowship in corneal surgery at the University of Iowa. Dr Palay is the author of two major textbooks of ophthalmology, Cornea Color Atlas, and Ophthalmology For the Primary Care Physician. Cornea Color Atlas is regarded as the gold standard for corneal disease. He has been featured as one of the best ophthalmologists in Atlanta Magazine and Best Doctors in America.