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 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.

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Achieving statistically significant improvements in both signs and symptoms is extremely challenging, as evidenced by the high number of clinical trials involving therapy for Dry Eye. The significant improvements in both signs and symptoms with Retaine ® indicate that it is an effective therapy for dry eye patients. The reduction in central corneal staining is especially important from a clinical perspective, as the central cornea is critical to visual fonction.

Retaine ® enhances all three layers of the tear film to provide effective relief from both the signs and symptoms of Dry Eye Sufferers.

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Psoriasis is a skin disease and the eye can be affected during psoriatic disease. About 10% of psoriasics have ophthalmological problems. Among these problems, dry eye and blepharitis are presents.

Blepharitis can cause itching of the eyelids and give a feeling of a foreign body in the eye. A cleaning of the eyelids is often recommended in this case. Several products exist on the market. You will find the LidHygenix and Ocusoft products at the dry eye store.

Psoriasis is a disease with inflammatory involvement and can affect the eyelids

As mentioned earlier, ophthalmologic infections can affect up to 10% of patients and are more subject to when there is a joint damage. Ophthalmologic disorders include blepharitis, conjunctivitis, ocular dryness, keratitis and uveitis in extreme cases.

You should know that most medications prescribed to treat psoriasis can not be applied to the eyelids. They are too irritating for this part of the anatomy. If you suspect psoriasis on the eyelids, consult your dermatologist or ophthalmologist immediately, who may prescribe a treatment appropriate to your case.

Ocular affections during psoriasis are most often associated with severe forms of the disease

Anthropathic psoriasis and generalized pustular psoriasis are considered more serious forms of psoriasis. The prognosis of ocular involvement is increased in the presence of this type of psoriasis. Uveitis should be suspected in patients with a sharp decrease in visual acuity during a psoriatic episode.

Psoriasis on the elbow

Psoriasis on the elbow

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin. There are several types. The most frequent is patches psoriasis, which is manifested by the recurrence of red patches covered with whitish dandruff that are detached from the skin (dander). From one individual to another, the disease can have different manifestations, ranging from the formation of localized plaques to a generalized attack of the skin. Psoriasis patches often sit on the elbows, scalp, buttocks and knees. They can also appear on other parts of the body such as the face, hands, and feet.

What is the origin of psoriatic disease?

This condition is neither contagious nor allergic, but is transmitted by heredity. It is also linked to a reaction of the immune system (defense system of the organism) and to environmental factors. For example, changes in seasons and friction can affect the appearance of lesions. Infection, psychological stress and certain medications are also part of the triggering factors. In a person with psoriasis, the surface of the skin is renewed faster than in an individual who does not suffer from the disease. Dead cells accumulate on the surface of the skin, which causes the appearance of scales or thin white patches.

What are the symptoms ?

Some areas of the skin become rough, dry and thick. Often, the skin under the psoriatic plaques is pink. Itching is present in nearly 70% of patients. In addition to the most commonly affected body parts, the disease can also reach the nails of the feet and hands. Symptoms may range from mild to severe.

How to treat psoriasis?

By treating the lesions as soon as they appear, one can slow the progression and the severity of it. The treatment aims to control psoriatic episode by reducing the accumulation of scales, redness and inflammation and by regulating the growth of skin cells. Although the treatment of psoriasis is the subject of much research, the disease can not yet be cured.

Topical medications

Topical medications (applied to the skin) are normally used as a first-line treatment. They slow down or regulate the production of skin cells and reduce inflammation and redness. When choosing a topical medication, it is important to consider not only effectiveness but also characteristics such as spray solution, cream, ointment, etc. Numerous shapes and dosages are available. Ask your doctor or pharmacist. Other treatments are also available under prescriptions.


An important aspect when treating this disease is to hydrate your skin daily. Excellent hydration helps reduce redness and itching and promotes the healing of psoriatic lesions. Dermatologists recommend applying a moisturizer as soon as you leave the shower or bath to maintain optimal hydration. Other applications during the day may be required. Perfume-free products are also recommended to avoid contact with any irritant.

If you have chronic blepharitis and / or meibomian gland dysfunction that causes you dry eye symptoms, you should make sure you have excellent eyelid hygiene.

Inflammation of the eyelids

Inflammation of the edge of the eyelids may be manifested by slight swelling and redness. Eyelid hygiene is then very important.

1- Heat

Apply hot compresses to the closed eyelids for about 10 minutes. Applying heat serves to fluidize the abnormally solid oily secretions contained in the glands. Imagine the butter you put in the refrigerator, it becomes solid. Once put on the pan, it becomes more fluid. It is the same with the meibomian secretions. Once more fluid, they can be better secreted by the meibomian glands. These oily secretions are intended to stabilize the tear film and delay the evaporation of the thin layer of tear film on the surface of your eye.

Products available at the Dry Eye Store to apply heat to the eyelids:

Eyelid Hygiene

Warm USB compress for dry eyes


2 – Eyelids massage

Upper Eyelid

Exercise a gentle massage by making small circles close to the eyelashes

hygiène paupières

Lower Eyelid

Exercise a massage from the inside to the outside.

hygiène paupière

The liquefied secretions are then expelled from the glands by light pressure or a gentle massage of the eyelid.

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3- Cleaning of the eyelids

After applying heat and eyelid massage, it is important to clean the eyelids. To do this, you can use products specially designed for this purpose. Their use is simple, fast and efficient. These products are also excellent make-up removers.

Products available at the Dry Eye Store for eyelid cleaning:

eyelid hygienehome remedies for dry eyes - eyelid

This care should be done until your symptoms improve. Once the situation is under control, you should continue to do this on a regular basis at the frequency that is convenient for you to avoid the recurrence of symptoms. Do not forget to always consult your doctor, ophthalmologist or optometrist for your dry eye problems.

itchy eyelids

Have you ever had dry itchy eyelids? Here, you’ll discover, the causes of dry itchy eyes, which are swollen, puffy, as well as yeast infection, treatment and home remedies. By understanding what causes dry itchy eyelids, you can then take the appropriate action to reduce the irritation.

Keep the eyelids clean with appropriate lid scrub products

Itchy Eyelids ?Keeping the eyelids clean with the appropriate lid scrub product such as Ocusoft or LidHygenix is the first step. You can also apply artificial tears if you feel that your eyes are dry. The eyelids are the folds of skin that cover the eyes and protect them from the debris and injury.

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids

Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids. Signs of blepharitis are red, itchy, and irritated eyelids. Sometimes, you can notice scales forming on the eyelashes. The eyes can feel swollen, crusty, and like a foreign object is in the eye.

Itchy eyelids could be a sign of conjunctivitis

Itchy dry eyelids is not a  contagious condition and don’t usually lead to any permanent harm to the eyes. Sticky eyelids along with red and watering eyes might be the result of a conjunctivitis, which is an eye infection, an allergy or an irritant which can  lead the eye to become inflamed. Signs of conjunctivitis are the red watery eyes, scratchy or itchy eyelids, and a discharge from the eyes that may stick in the eyelashes. In case you’ve got any bacteria infection, the physician will more than likely prescribe eye drops which has antibiotics.

Itchy eyelids could be a sign of allergies

However, Itchy, dry, red, and irritated eyelids could also be an indication that you’re allergic to something within the environment.

Make-Up can be the cause of your itchy eyelids

For females, one of numerous reasons for itchy eyelids or irritation of the surrounding skin around the eyes is some kind of an allergy to the make-up, face cleansers or creams. As the name suggests, itchy eyes implies an unpleasant itchy sensation around the eyes. You should try to find the exact cause of itchy eyelids and itchy eyes so you could opt for the right solution. Using a cold compresses around the affected eye area might help you to get an instant relief from itchy eyelids.

Consult your health care professionnal

You should always consult a doctor when experiencing any kind of problems with your eyes. As you know now, itchy eyelids could have numerous causes and your doctor is the only one qualified to prescribe you the appropriate treatment for your specific case.

Eyelid Care is very important when you have blepharitis and/or dry eyes.

Eyelid care is important to minimize dry eye symptoms because the problem may not be your eyes but rather your eyelids.

Eyelid Care is recommended if you have meibomian gland dysfunction. As explained in the other dry eye articles, the meibomian glands are located in the eyelids. When you have posterior blepharitis, which means inflammation of the eyelids, the meibomian glands can stop working normaly. If that happens, it is very likely that you will start experience dry eye symptoms. Since the oil, usualy produced by the meibomian glands, is missing or in bad quality, evaporative dry eye will occur.

Eyelid Care dry eyes treatment

Eyelid Care Dry Eye Treatment

So when you have blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), eyelid care is something that you have to take very seriously. But how can you take care of your eyelids ?

Some people suggest that you diluate baby shampoo in warm water but I personnaly never liked this. I found that shampoo irritates my eyes. Do not forget that shampoo is soap and soap tends to wash away the precious oil that we have on the ocular surface produced by the meibomian gland. I use twice daily a eyelid cleanser. I like the Ocusoft or LidHygenix but you can find many different brand on the market. At the you will find at a very competitive price LidHygenix and Ocusoft.

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This post is about explaining in a very simple way what you can do as home remedies for dry eyes to minimize your symptoms.

Home remedies for dry eyes is what any dry eye sufferer should take into consideration when thinking about a dry eye treatment. However, remember that this is general information and you should always follow your doctor or optometrist directives regarding your eye’s health. Never try to treat yourself without seeking for a medical help.

So here we are talking about home remedies for dry eyes. Off course, you can get multiple medical treatment such as Restasis, Lipiflow, Doxycycline, Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drops. But over the medical treatments, there is a lot of things that you could do at home to help your dry eyes. Let’s check it out !

Home remedies for dry eyes - Reversing Dry Eye Syndrome - Read this book !

Home remedies for dry eyes – Reversing Dry Eye Syndrome – Read this book !

The first thing you should do is to read a maximum information about dry eyes. The better you will understand this disease, the better you will be able to take the appropriate actions as home remedies for dry eyes. Try to find a book where it is clearly explained in a simple langage. We are not doctors, we want something that could understood. At the Dry Eye Store, you can shop for dry eye books. Reversing dry eye syndrome is a very complete book and cover almost everything you need to know. At least, it’s a very good place to start with. This clear, accessible book combines detailed medical information with expert treatment advice for the estimated twenty million Americans who suffer from dry eye syndrome. Dr. Steven L. Maskin, an ophthalmologist who has been caring for dry eye patients for more than fifteen years, explains exactly what the syndrome is, why it occurs, and how it can best be managed and treated. He dispels the misunderstandings that surround dry eye syndrome and presents an easy-to-understand guide that may be read cover-to-cover or dipped into for specific topics of interest. Apart from this book, this website contains also a lot of different posts about various topics related to dry eyes. Check our ARTICLES section to see them.

If you feel that you need to discuss about your dry eye problem with other people in the same situation as you, then you could join us on our discussion group on Facebook. Members in this group are all having the same thing in common… DRY EYES ! You can post questions, chat with others or simply read posts from other members. So join us today on our group LET’S TALK ABOUT DRY EYES today ! It is free, no obligation. You have nothing to loose except that feeling that you are alone! Believe us… You are not online!

Home remedies for dry eyes - Warm Compresses

Home remedies for dry eyes – Warm Compresses

Another very important home remedies for dry eyes is the use of a warm compresses to melt the oil contained in the meibomian glands. This is usually very effective for evaporative dry eyes due to a meibomian gland dysfunction. Some people will use a wet washcloth over the sink to apply a wet warm compress. I tried this technic myself and find it not effective. The washcloth do not stay warm long enough to give you a therapeutic effect and to help unblocking the meibomian glands. To be effective, a warm compress application must keep the eyelid over 40 degrees celcius for at least 5 minutes. You can’t achieve that with a wet washcloth. It doesn’t stay warm long enough. Warm compresses designed for dry eyes can do that because they can stay warm for long enough to give you a therapeutic effect. For people who did the Lipiflow treatment, you will certainly be told to continue warm compresses few times a week as part of your home remedies for dry eyes.

Keep in mind that when you have evaporative dry eyes it is because the oil is missing or not good quality from your tear film. That oil can sometimes become as thick as toothpaste but it should normaly be like olive oil. By using warm compresses, you melt this oil and make it more fluid so you can unblock the meibomian glands with eyelids massage.  For that reason,  the heat must be constant for at least 10 minutes.

home remedies for dry eyes - eyelid massage

Home remedies for dry eyes – Eyelid massage

Right after the warm compresses, it is important to proceed with a gentle but firm eyelid massage. You can find a lot of information on the internet including this website and Youtube on how to do a effective eyelid massage. The eyelid massage, as explained already, has the purpose to empty the meibomian glands from the oil that was blocked inside the glands because it was too thick. Once the meibomian glands are cleared, they can start again to produce the oil that is so precious for our ocular comfort. Remember that you should always do the eyelid massage AFTER warm compresses. The reason is that it will be a lot easier to express that oil once it has been heated and melted. Just think about butter that you heat, it becomes liquid. Same thing with the oil produced by the meibomian glands. Make sure to always wash properly you hands before performing the eyelid massage.

Home remedies for dry eyes - Moisture chamber eyewear

Home remedies for dry eyes – Moisture chamber eyewear

Another very important home remedies for dry eyes is the importance to wear as much as possible moisture chamber eyewear. We have already explained why it is important to wear moisture chambers. This type of eyewear locks-in moisture and allows to slow down evaporation of the tear film reducing your dry eye symptoms almost instantly. Want to know more about moisture chambers, dry eye sunglasses or dry eye eyewear ? Click on the picture on the left, you will find in this website a lot of information on this topic.

home remedies for dry eyes - omega 3

Home remedies for dry eyes – Omega 3

Many eye doctors are recommending flaxseed oil and fish oil supplements for their patients who suffer from dry eyes. Daily supplements of flaxseed oil or fish oil,  appear to reduce dry eye symptoms, including burning, stinging, redness and intermittent visual disturbances. As a home remedies for dry eyes, make sure that you include omega 3 in your diet. The EPA that we find in Omega 3 have the capacity to reduce the ocular inflammation and we all know now that ocular inflammation plays a major role in dry eye disease. Make sure that you choose good quality omega 3 very rich in EPA, since you need that to have a effect on inflammation. I prefer liquid omega 3 but I think that is a question of personnal preferences. You can find here at the Dry Eye Store a great product very high quality that do the job perfectly.

Home remedies for dry eyes - Eyelid hygiene

Home remedies for dry eyes – Eyelid hygiene

After warm compresses and eyelid massage, you have to clean up those eyelids from all the oil that have been melted. Some people are still suggesting diluated baby shampoo in warm water but I never liked this method because my eyes were always irritated after. I now use Ocusoft or LidHygenix and I find it very soft but very effective to clean et remove debris from my eyelid. A lot of women also uses it as a makeup remover since it is a very gentle product but very effective to remove makeup. Eyelid hygiene must be part of your daily routine the same way that you brush your teeth every day. I do eyelid hygiene every morning and every night. So remember that home remedies for dry eyes must include a proper eyelid hygiene.

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