Dry Eye - Dr. Zigler discusses signs, symptoms, treatment — Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser
What is Hypochlorous Acid? 0
What is hypochlorous acid?
Results from lab studies have showed that a stabilized hypochlorous acid is very fast-acting broad-spectrum against microorganisms found in the external ocular flora, which is just your skin on your eyelid surface and this includes MRSA, or methyl methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus.
Plus it has the ability to disrupt biofilm. Biofilm harbors bacteria and it's a collection of microorganisms in a film.
Hypochlorous acid has been shown to not be toxic to human tissues and it's non-irritating.
It's part of our immune system and it helps break down bacteria.
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How To Treat MGD vs Treating Blepharitis 2
MGD Treatment VS. Blepharitis
What is the difference for treatment of dry eyes caused by MGD or Meibomian Gland Dysfunction versus Blepharitis? What should we most focus on for these 2 types?
Basically, to treat your Blepharitis we say use the Eye Love spray that we have or another Hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser such as Avenova would be another example. Our Heyedrate Eyelid Spray is great for Blepharitis because it really cleans that bacteria off of those eyelashes. Then, with Meibomian Gland Dysfunction you are going to be more focused on heat, omega-3s, and using a warm compress. Sometimes people will do IPL, and Miboflow, which are basically fancy warm compresses. That's basically the difference, but you are going to do all of it truthfully.
Watch Jenna's nightly routine and that is what you should be doing. We say start with your warm compress, then after your warm compress do your Meibomian gland expression, clean with Tea Tree Oil soap, after that use the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser, then of course take the Omega-3's. The goal is to take a more natural approach to it, use less chemicals, fight the cause and take care of it. I'm sure you guys are sick of us saying that but it's our idea of the best approach.
We are actually doing our food section this week. I know I said I was going to do it last week but life got in the way. We volunteered at a free clinic and we got to do some other things and before we knew it, the week got away from us really quickly. I have been sick. She's been sick. That's life though.
How Can Menopause and Stress Affect Dry Eye? 0
Menopause and Stress
What can I do next to help with my burning eyes? What do you think of an Eyelid scrub, serum, or Hormonal Replacement Therapy? I’m so desperate.
Using our Omega-3 and our spray is a great start, so thank you for doing that. Before adding an eyelid scrub, I would say continue using our spray. It’s less chemicals and an eyelid scrub will do the same thing but it’s got a lot of surfactants in it. It’s hard to answer your questions because your symptom is only burning eyes. There’s a lot more that you can do.
The serum, I’m guessing you’re talking about autologous serum, that’s a great option. It’s making a drop out of your body’s blood so it’s very natural. I’ve only done it about ten times on patients, but I’ve had great success with it.
HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) can be "iffy". I would probably not do that. You also mentioned stress, you just went through the hurricane, I think stress definitely plays into it and can make things worse. Start a gratitude journal. Every night, write down three things that went really well that day, three things that you’re grateful for and do that every single night. That will really get you on a good path of, hopefully, getting you out of that stress. We do a lot of meditation too, so that’s something that you could look into that could really help.
The email sequence that I keep talking about in our dryeyecommunity.com, I’m on my seventh email that I am writing, and this is also going to be a book that I’m probably gonna publish as well. The seventh email is all about meditation and stress and how it affects your dry eyes. It definitely plays a huge role. HRT just depends on what you’re using it for. Some women won’t go off of it because of what it treats, but it is going cause dryness and menopause will cause dry eye as well.
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What Are Eyelid Scrubs? 0
Eyelid Scrubs and Lid Hygiene for Blepharitis and Demodex
What is the purpose of eyelid scrubs?
Eyelid scrubs are for blepharitis, which is when your eyelids have an overgrowth of bacteria. Usually Staphylococcus aureus, this normal bacteria lives on your eyelids and can become overgrown. If this bacteria becomes overgrown, it will actually create too much toxic waste for your eyelids to handle. This causes a lot of irritation on your eyelids, which is when your eyelids become red and inflamed and that’s when it goes up into your eye itself.
If blepharitis gets bad enough, we’ll actually see a lot of inflammation on the surface of the eye on the cornea and on the conjunctiva. Eyelid scrubs keep your eyelids clean, and we always promote treating the eyelids first and then the dry eye second because usually if you heal the eyelids it’s going to help with your dry eye. Mainly, the purpose of a lid scrub is to reduce that bacterial load safely.
We promote our Heyedrate Lid and Lash Spray because it has three ingredients:
- Hypochlorous acid
- Electrolyzed water
- Table salt (Sodium Chloride - NaCI)
The reason we don’t promote the other guys, the ones that come in the package that you can scrub on, is because they have 13 ingredients that are detergents and a lot of unpronounceable ingredients. So again, we’re very natural holistic doctors; we like simplicity. Keep it simple!
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