Blepharitis is, by definition, an inflammation of the eyelids. There are two different groups of blepharitis: anterior (front) and posterior (back) blepharitis, which is location dependent. Anterior blepharitis is sometimes called staph blepharitis as it is an overgrowth of the normal Staphylococcus Aureusthat lives on our eyelids. Posterior blepharitis is also called meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), which we will discuss in the next section.
Anterior blepharitis, like stated above, tends to be more bacterial-related. We have normal bacteria that live on our eyelids that can become overpopulated. When this occurs, it is going to cause the following signs and symptoms of blepharitis:
If you have these signs and symptoms, treatment is simply keeping your eyelids clean with a hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser, likeHeyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser. This should be a part of your daily routine!
Hypochlorous acid is a natural antiseptic and mimics your body’s natural ability to heal. It is free of any harsh chemicals, alcohol, parabens, sulfates, or other preservatives. It is great for all skin types as it does not clog pores and is hypoallergenic. It is also vegan, natural, and organic.
Hypochlorous acid, like Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser,will help keep your eyelids and eyelashes clean without irritating your skin.
In the 1990’s and early 2000’s, it was common practice for eye care practitioners to prescribe baby shampoo as eyelid hygiene. Withfurther researchinto this, it has been shown to actually make your eyelids WORSE!
Baby shampoo contains a mild detergent which may cause irritation to the eyes. It was not designed for eyelid use. With the availability of better products on the market, you owe it to yourself to treat your eyelids right!
We recommend performing eyelid hygiene two times per day. Think of it like brushing your teeth to prevent cavities, you do eyelid hygiene to prevent blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and dry eyes.
If your skin becomes dry from this, then reduce to once per day. Check out both Dr. Jenna Zigler and Dr. Travis Zigler’s eyelid regimen below.
We believe that everyone (even children) should be performing eyelid hygiene twice per day just like we brush our teeth. We are starting to see blepharitis, dry eyes, and meibomian gland dysfunction at a much younger age every year.
Simply making sure our eyelids are cleaned twice daily can make a big difference in the future of dry eye, MGD, and blepharitis.
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