Ways To Improve Dry Eyes Depending On The Climate You Live In

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 Dry Eye and Weather

What are ways to improve dry eyes depending on the climate you live in?

A member from our dry eye community said she has been diagnosed with moderate dry eyes, started the warm compress, massage, and eyelid scrub regimen. She has been taking 2,000 mg of fish oil for years already and usually wears gas permeable contacts. Her Doctor said not to wear contacts and avoid windy and warm weather however she lives on coast where this is not an option. Some days her eyes feel like they have been sand blasted.

Here’s our advice. You have a good base line going and that’s what we recommend. Make sure it’s a good quality of omega 3, good eyelid scrubs, less preservatives. Start looking at your diet more and exercising like we just talked about and then wear some wrap around sunglasses. In the UK, we do have some available. Look for “Eye Love Metal Men or Metal Sunglasses”  and we have some that wrap around really well and it will block all that wind from where you live. Wind is definitely something to avoid and a good pair of sunglasses that wrap around can do that.

With warm weather it really depends on what type of warm weather. I’m not sure the kind of climate you are in but if it’s dry heat, then I agree, that’s going to make things worse. For example if I were out in Arizona I would be screaming but being in South Carolina, we have a very very humid heat and I find it actually really helps my eyes. If it’s humidity then I don’t think that’s a problem so much as it is the dry heat and the wind. You are on the good path just stick with it.

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How To Treat Blepharitis... Blepharitis Treatment

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How To Cure Blepharitis Fast

What causes the build up on my lids and what’s the best way for me to get rid of it?

I’m not sure if you’re using Avenova Hypochlorous or our spray but you may have something more going on. It might not just be Blepharitis but what you’re doing is great for Blepharitis. You don’t need to add another lid scrub because if you’re using Avenova that’s enough.

Put it on a cotton round or cotton ball and wipe, that’s effective as Cliradex and Acusoft. The main difference between Cliradex is that has tea tree oil, which I recommend using our soap for that instead of Cliradex just because there are less chemicals and it's more natural. Again, we preach natural more than chemically ridden products. I would say do a combination of our soap, plus spray, and that’s going to help keep everything clean and clear. What I think you also might have is Eczema or Dermatitis. Or you might have just extremely dry skin to begin with. If I have patients with that, and myself included, if my skin gets out of control too much and even the natural remedies aren’t helping, I use a steroid cream. I prescribe it for my patients  and it’s called Triamcinolone cream. It’s just a lotion based cream that has steroids in it. It’s a little stronger than your Hydrocortisone cream that you can get it over-the-counter. I use Triamcinolone cream and I actually close my eyes and put it on my eyelids if my eyelids were full of Eczema or Dermatitis or build-up or scaly skin.

I’m wondering if you might have an issue with Rosacea as well. Obviously we have no idea what your skin looks like but Rosacea can cause a build-up on eyelid margins and lots of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction. That’s also something that you could be dealing with so that’s something to look into. I know you’ve asked for at home remedies, but if you haven’t done an IPL or Meibomian flow or something like that, it could be something that the Ophthalmologist would want to do for you to see if that would help out to get all that gunk out of there.

 

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How to Treat Blepharitis and Crusty Eyelids with Innovative Products

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I was told that I can use baby shampoo on my eyelids. Is this correct?

This is something that we tell our patients never to do; it was recommended a lot a couple years ago, but now there are just much better products out there. Baby shampoo has a detergent in it, it’s a soap basically, and so it can actually irritate your eyelids and irritate your eyelashes and your eyes. What we always recommend is a Hypochlorous acid cleanser. Whether it’s ours or the prescription, it doesn’t matter. If you choose the subscription plan on our website, you’ll actually lock in that cost for life. Our spray is only $27 for a 4 months’ supply. Like stated earlier, baby shampoo was the standard in the 90’s and then lid scrubs came out. Now, hypochlorous acid products are taking its place. Most lid scrubs have about 13-20 chemicals in them, but our hypochlorous acid has 3 ingredients: hypochlorous acid, electrolyzed water, and sodium chloride (table salt).

I have crusty eyes in the morning. Can you recommend anything?

This is what we’ve built our entire product line around. First of all, an omega-3 is going to help with the inside glands of the eyelids, and our Heyedrate Tea Tree soap and Heyedrate lid and lash spray are going to help with the outside of your eyelids. The tea tree oil based soap is made of organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, organic green tea, raw shea butter, and tea tree oil. So it’s going to clean up those eyelids. That is what can treat the crustiness. Basically, crustiness is just overgrowth of the bacteria on the eyelids. When that bacteria overgrows it produces waste products which turn into the crustiness that you’re experiencing. When your eyes are closed all night, crustiness just builds up, but throughout the day you’re blinking so it doesn’t have a chance to build up as much. If we control the bacteria with tea tree oil, a natural antibiotic, it will maintain the bacterial load on your eyelids. Our spray is a hypochlorous acid spray which has natural anti-septic properties that your body creates. We went a different route than most commercial brands because we didn’t want a lot of artificial ingredients. Our soap has 5 all natural ingredients and our spray is only 3 ingredients. The hypochlorous acid does give the spray a slight chlorine smell, but it contains no bleach and is very gentle on your eyelids. If you do notice that your eyelids are burning or your eye burns after using our spray, it is because you are quite inflamed. If you put anything on an inflamed area that is cracked and broken, it’s going to burn because it is going to get in there and clean up that area!

Can you explain how to correctly use the Heyedrate Lid and Lash Spray?

We recommend using the spray twice per day, morning and evening. When you get up in the morning, spray it on a cotton ball. Close your eyelids and then rub it into your eyelids and eyelashes. There’s no need to rinse it off, so just let it sit. The spray shouldn’t be irritating unless your eyes are really inflamed, which occurs sometimes. If you want to make things even easier, you can use it a bit differently. Simply wake up in the morning and just spray it directly onto your closed eyelids, rub it in, and let it sit. Do the same thing at night after washing your face. We find that women tend to like the cotton ball/cotton round method because it helps get every single aspect of their makeup off even after they remove their makeup. Men are sometimes lazier, so they like to just spray it right on and leave it on. Do whatever works best for you! Do it after you wash and before you moisturize. If you use any moisturizers, we recommend using something simple with minimal ingredients, like jojoba oil.

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Let us know if you have any other blepharitis questions in the comments below!

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Burning, Oily, or Crusty Eyelids? What Is Blepharitis?

Blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome affect 30 million Americans.  Due to this staggering amount of people that need help with eyelid disease, a flood of new products have come to the market in recent years.  

Blepharitis is most likely due to an overgrowth of bacteria on your eyelids (naturally occuring bacteria), which create a discharge that looks like dandruff.  

Symptoms of blepharitis include burning, oily, and crusty eyelids.  You might also notice that in the morning your eyelids are stuck together.   


How To Treat Blepharitis, and What is the Best Treatment for Blepharitis?

One simple way to treat blepharitis... CLEAN EYELIDS!

Clean eyelids help soothe symptoms of blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), gunky, crusty eyelids, and dry, irritated eyes.  Therefore the key to solving your eyelid problems is simply keeping your eyelids clean, which can be done with a prescription or an over-the-counter eyelid scrub.

Here, I put together the top five eyelid scrubs I use in my clinic, including the one I currently use for all my patients. 


Dr. Travis Zigler's Top 7 Eyelid Scrub Products

Released in June 2017, Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser is one of the first over-the-counter hypochlorous acid sprays, with comparable ingredients to Avenova below (#2).  

This natural, non-detergent based spray is perfect for deep cleaning the skin, which makes it great for soothing any skin irritation you have, such as cuts, scrapes, eyelid bumps, irritated eyes, redness, swelling, burning, itching, gunky, or crustiness of the eyelid margin.  

This is my "go-to" product for patients in my clinic currently. It is very gentle and I have had great success with my patients.

  • Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser's 3 Ingredients: Pure Hypochlorous Acid (HOCl) 0.015%, electrolyzed water (H2O), Sodium Chloride (NaCl)
  • Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion
  • Shelf Life: 2 years after manufacture date

Directions for Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser

  • Wash face with a tea tree oil bar soap and dry
  • Close eyes and spray directly onto eyelids.
  • Let dry, no rinse required
  • Alternatively, you can spray on a cotton round and gently rub across eyelid margin
  • Repeat for other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary

Where can I buy Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser? What is the price of Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser?


2. Avenova Spray

Avenova Spray is the first prescription, FDA-approved, non-detergent based, non-antibiotic product shown to be successful in the treatment of such common eye conditions as blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and associated dry eye syndrome.

I used this in my clinic for two years and had great results. I now use the Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser on this list for my patients because the price is more affordable and it is over-the-counter.

  • Avenova Spray's 2 Ingredients: Neutrox (pure hypochlorous acid, 0.01% as a preservative) in saline
  • Safe for contact with skin, eyes, and ingestion
  • Shelf Life: 30 days after opening

Directions for Avenova Spray

  • Wash face with a tea tree oil bar soap and dry
  • Close eyes and spray directly onto eyelids.
  • Let dry, no rinse required
  • Alternatively, you can spray on a cotton round and gently rub across eyelid margin
  • Repeat for other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary

Where can I buy Avenova Spray? What is the price of Avenova Spray?


3. MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes

MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes can do quite a bit.  According to their listing on Amazon, they: 

  • DECREASE EYELID BACTERIAL GROWTH - By Cleaning your Eyelids and Lashes daily, you remove unwanted dead skin cells and debris. The removal of old makeup promotes healthy overall eye health.
  • PROMOTE YOUNGER SHINIER LOOKING EYELIDS - Your eyes need daily gentle exfoliating just like the rest of your body. By practicing daily eyelid exfoliation, you remove dead older looking cells on your eyelids. By removing oily dead skin cells, your eyelids will be looking more youthful. Excess dead cell buildup can lead to styes and other eye problems.
  • LIFT AND FIRM UPPER EYELIDS - Exfoliating also promotes collagen production which can make that thin, fragile tissue stronger and more resilient. After exfoliation all skin is more absorbent and receptive to the benefits of corrective skin products and your eyes are no exception.
  • REDUCE EYELID WRINKLES - Gentle daily exfoliation of the eye area can help it look younger and glowing by creating a smoother surface that better reflects light. A gentle eye exfoliator will keep the skin elastic enough to flatten out and look youthful again.
  • REMOVE UNWANTED MAKEUP - It is recommended by Optometrists and Ophthalmologists to to gently exfoliate the eyelids after removing your makeup—every night! Very lightly sweep a soft, moist washcloth over the surfaces of your eyelids and through the roots of your lashes. This will lightly remove loose surface cells and prevent buildup on your lash line.

20 Ingredients for MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes

  • Water
  • PEG-80
  • Sorbitan Laurate
  • Methyl Gluceth-20
  • Sodium Chloride
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Calcium Chloride
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • Patnthenol
  • Decyl Glucoside
  • Polyglyceryl-10 Caprylate/Caprate
  • Coco Glucoside
  • Glycerol Oleate
  • PER-120 Methyl Glucose Trioleate
  • Propanediol
  • Citric Acid, 1, 2-Hexanediol
  • Sodium Benzoate
  • Caprylyl Glycol
  • Polyminopropyl Biguanide

Directions MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes

  • Unfold pre-moistened pad and wrap over finger
  • Close eye and gently cleanse lid using side-to-side strokes
  • Do not touch eye directly
  • Repeat for other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary or rinse

Where can I buy MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes?  What is the price of MediViz Eyelid Cleaning Wipes?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon

 


4. Cliradex Wipes

Cliradex Wipes are a great preservative-free lid wipe that contains 4-Terpineol (T40), which is an active ingredient used to eliminate demodex mites (YES, mites in your eyelash follices). It can also help with redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, and crustiness of the eyelid margin.

I used this before Avenova came to the market, from 2010 until 2012. With the newer products on the market, like Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser, I no longer use Cliradex products regularly. This was mostly reserved for Demodex, or eyelash mites, but I now use a more natural product, Heyedrate Tea Tree Oil Soap.  

  • Cliradex's 7 Ingredients: Water, 4-Terpineol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Polysorbate 80, Carbomer, Triethannolamine

Directions for Cliradex

  • Unfold pre-moistened pad and wrap over finger
  • Close eye and gently cleanse lid using side-to-side strokes
  • Do not touch eye directly
  • Repeat for other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary

Where can I buy Cliradex Wipes? What is the price of Cliradex Wipes?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon.
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5. Systane Eyelid Wipes

Systane Lid Wipes help reduce redness, swelling, burning, itching, irritation, and crustiness on the eyelid margins.  

I used this before Avenova came to the market, from 2010 until 2012. With the newer products on the market, like Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser, I no longer use Systane wipes with my patients.  

  • Systane Lid Wipes' 7 Ingredients: Purified Water USP, Peg-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmitate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocoamido Propyl Amine Oxide, Peg-80 Glyceryl Cocoate, Benzyle Alcohol And Ede tate Disodium

Directions for Systane Eyelid Wipes

  • Unfold pre-moistened pad and wrap over finger
  • Close eye and gently cleanse lid using side-to-side strokes
  • Do not touch eye directly
  • Repeat for other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary

Where can I buy Systane Eyelid Wipes? What is the price of Systane Eyelid Wipes?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon
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6. Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Foam

Ocusoft Lid Scrubs are a detergent based cleanser that has been used for many years to reduce redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, irritation, and crustiness from the eyelid margins.  

I used this before Avenova came to the market, from 2010 until 2012. With the newer products on the market, like Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser, I no longer use Ocusoft products regularly.  

  • Ocusoft Lid Scrub's 13 Ingredients: Cocoamphodiacetate Disodium, D-Panthenol, Decyl Polygluoside, Methyl Gluceth-20, Modified Ringer’s Solution (purified water, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, calcium chloride), PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, POE-80 Sorbitan Monolaurate, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, 1,2-Hexanediol, 1,2-Octanediol

Directions Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Foam

  • Rinse face with water
  • Lather Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Foam in hands
  • Rub gently into eyelid margins
  • Rinse with water

Where can I buy Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Foam? What is the price of Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Foam?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon
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7. Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Pre Moistened Pads

Ocusoft Lid Scrub Pre Moistened Pads are another detergent based eyelid scrub that has been used for many years to reduce redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, irritation, and crustiness from the eyelid margins. These are used for effectively removing oil, debris and desquamated skin from the eyelids.

I used this before Avenova came to the market, from 2010 until 2012. With the newer products on the market, like Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser, I no longer use Ocusoft products regularly.  

  • Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Pre Moistened Pads' 12 Ingredients: Modified Ringer's Solution, POE-80 Sorbitan Monolaurate, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Decyl Polyglucoside, 1, 2-Hexanediol and 1, 2-Octanediol, Cocoamphodiacetate Disodium, d-Panthenol, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide (PHMB).

Directions for Ocusoft Lid Scrub PLUS Pre Moistened Pads

  • Unfold pre-moistened pad and wrap over finger
  • Close eye and gently cleanse lid using side-to-side strokes
  • Do not touch eye directly
  • Repeat for other lid
  • Leave on for best results
  • No rinsing necessary

Where can I buy Ocusoft Lid Scrubs?  What is the price of Ocusoft Lid Scrubs?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon


8. We Love Eyes Eyelid Cleanser

We Love Eyes eyelid scrub is a tea tree based foaming eyelid cleanser that was recently released. It also helps reduce redness, swelling, burning, itchiness, irritation, and crustiness from the eyelid margins, but has tea tree oil in it, which helps with demodex eyelash mites as well. We Love Eyes eyelid scrub is effective at removing oil, debris and desquamated skin from the eyelids.

I have never used this in our clinic as I use Avenova and Heyedrate Lid & Lash Cleanser.  

  • We Love Eyes Eyelid Scrub's 24 Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Polyglyceryl-4 Caprate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Heptyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Decylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Amaranth Protein, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Organic Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Lauryl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Leuconostoc / Radish Root Extract Ferment Filtrate, Populus Tremuloides Bark Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Gluconolactone, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid

Directions for We Love Eyes Foaming Eyelid Scrub

  • Shake well before use.
  • Wash hands.
  • Dispense 2 pumps onto clean fingertips.
  • With eyes closed, gently rub onto eyelids & eyelashes.
  • Because this is a soap, do not get it in your eye and make sure rinse thoroughly with water.
  • Towel dry.
  • Use nightly

Where can I buy We Love Eyes Foaming Eyelid Scrub? What is the price of We Love Eyes Foaming Eyelid Scrub?

  • Check the price and purchase on Amazon


Other Blepharitis Treatment Tips

  1. As discussed above, clean eyelids is our number one tip, and we use Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser as our preferred eyelid scrub.
  2. Hygiene in general is an important factor when it comes to keeping the overall bacteria load down (Staph  which is the most common cause of blepharitis). We use a tea tree soap for our body and face in the shower and by the sink.
  3. Using a warm compress can help not only unclog the meibomian glands in cases of Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD), but also help break up the gunk from blepharitis. Click here to see directions on warm compresses.
  4. Make sure to limit eye makeup use when you have an active blepharitis infection. Also be sure to remove all your eye makeup before going to be every night. Here is a tea tree oil eye makeup remover that we recommend.
  5. Do NOT use baby shampoo for blepharitis.
  6. Limit the use of contact lenses when you have gunky eyelids and a very "active" blepharitis. This will increase bacteria in and around the eyelid, therefore worsening your bacteria.  

 

What do you think of this list? What have you tried? Let us know in the comments below!

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler

Dr. Travis Zigler

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