How to Treat Blepharitis and Crusty Eyelids with Innovative Products

How to Treat Blepharitis and Crusty Eyelids with Innovative Products 2

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.

Heyedrate eyelid and eyelash spray

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

One Love,

Dr. Travis Zigler, Dr. Jenna Zigler, Eye Love

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Dr. Travis Zigler Explains Blepharitis and Dry Eye

Dr. Travis Zigler Explains Blepharitis and Dry Eye 1

Dr. Travis Zigler Explains Blepharitis and Dry Eye 

Hey, Dr. Travis Zigler here with Eye Love. I wanted to go over how blepharitis and dry eye are related. A lot of people think they’re separate conditions, which technically they are, they are two different things. Blephra being your eyelids, dry eye being on the eye itself, but very related in symptoms, signs. Their together in almost every way. Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid. You can have two different types blepharitis. You can have anterior and posterior blepharitis. Anterior blepharitis tends to be more bacterial related. We have normal bacteria that lives on our eyelids and they can become over populated. When that normal bacteria becomes over populated it’s going to cause some signs and symptoms. Your eyes are going to be red, your eyelid is going to be red and itchy. It’s going to be inflamed and it’s going to be irritated. That’s when you see the kind of dandruff looking things on your eye lashes. That’s an anterior blepharitis, meaning it’s more of a bacterial infection. It’s a normal bacterial infection, just your normal bacteria that lives on your skin is over populated. That’s where the spray comes in. This spray is a natural antibiotic. It will never develop resistance and it keeps that normal bacteria under control. Keeps the eyelid clean without disrupting the surface too much. Now, on the other side posterior blepharitis is what we commonly call meibomian gland dysfunction. Meibomian gland dysfunction is where the eyelids, on the inside, there’s oil glands, there’s about 31 on top and 31 on bottom. The oil glands aren’t getting enough oil out to make your eye comfortable and the responsibility of that oil is to make your eye comfortable. Every time you blink the oil is released. Now anterior, posterior blepharitis are both related though, because if you have a bad anterior surface to the eyelid it’s gonna disrupt the posterior surface too. What can happen is if these aren’t healthy, the oil will get broken down before it gets to the surface and it might even create kind of more of a detergent, or a bad effect on the eyelid. The oil will break down into a more severe form, and not a very good form, that will cause more irritation which then leads to dryness. So, if you get your eyelid healthy it’s going to make your dry eye better. Which is why we came out with this. This is going to help keep that bacteria under control. It’s going to help the meibomian glands open and working properly. It’s just going to help your eyes stay comfortable overall.

So, how do you use this? I’ve done other videos showing on it, but I’ll show you briefly. I do it differently than my wife. I take it after I wash my face and wash my eyelids like I normally do at night. I just take it, spray it directly on, and then I rub it in. If it gets into your eye it's not a big deal. Now, what I find most of my female patients like to do is they like to take a cotton round or a cotton ball, spray 3 to 4 sprays, and then go side to side, and up and down, nice and gentle. You don’t have to scrub too hard. This again, can replace the accusoft lid scrubs that your using currently and this is much more gentle because it doesn’t have any surfat or surdetergents in it, to disrupt that normal flora or the normal bacteria that live on your eyelid. This will actually keep all that working really well. So, blepharitis and dry eye are different conditions but one in the same. If you have one, you usually have the other, and if you get blepharitis under control you can usually get your dry eye under control. That’s why we are pushing so hard for the spray and also for the omega-3 supplement. Posterior blepharitis helps with the anterior and posterior blepharitis. This one helps with everything though. I recommend using both of those (Lid & Lash Cleanser and Dry Eye Omega 3 Supplement). If you have any questions post them below the video. Thanks!


One Love,
Dr. Travis Zigler
Other Dry Eye articles by Dr. Zigler: 4 Tips to Stop Waking Up With Dry, Painful EyesWhich Antidepressants Cause Dry EyeFish Oil for Fighting Dry Eye Inflammation; and What Not To Eat If You Have Dry Eye
 
 
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Hey, Dr. Travis Zigler here with Eye Love.

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Wanted to go over how blepharitis and dry
eye are related and a lot of people think

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they’re separate conditions which technically
they are.

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They are two different things.

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Blephra being your eyelids, dry eye being
on the eye itself, but very related in symptoms,

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signs, and they’re very, their together
in almost every way.

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Blepharitis is inflammation of the eyelid
and you can have two different types blepharitis.

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You can have anterior and posterior blepharitis.

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Anterior blepharitis tends to be more bacterial
related.

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We have normal bacteria that live on our eyelids.

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They can become over populated and when that
normal bacteria becomes over populated it’s

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going to cause some signs of symptoms.

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Your eye is going to be red, your eyelid is going to
be red and itchy.

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It’s gonna be inflamed and it’s gonna
be irritated.

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That’s when you see the kind of dandruff
looking things on your eye lashes.

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That’s an anterior blepharitis, meaning
it’s more of a bacterial infection but it’s

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a normal bacterial infection just your normal
bacteria that lives on your skin is over populated.

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That’s where the spray comes in.

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This spray is a natural antibiotic.

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It will never develop resistance and it keeps
that normal bacteria under control.

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Keeps the eyelid clean without disrupting
the surface too much.

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Now, on the other side posterior blepharitis
is what we commonly call meibomian gland dysfunction

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and meibomian gland dysfunction is where the
eyelids on the inside, there’s oil glands,

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there’s about 31 on top, 31 on bottom.

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The oil glands aren’t getting enough oil
out to make your eye comfortable and the responsibility

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of that oil is to make your eye comfortable
and so every time you blink the oil is released.

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Now anterior, posterior blepharitis are both
related though, because if you have a bad

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anterior surface to the eyelid it’s gonna
disrupt the posterior surface too and so what

0:01:51.729,0:01:58.320
can happen is if these aren’t healthy, what
can happen is the oil will get broken down

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before it gets to the surface and it might
even create kind of more of a detergent or

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a bad effect on the eyelid.

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The oil will break down into more severe form
and not a very good form and that will cause

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more irritation which that leads to dryness.

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So, if you get your eyelid healthy it’s
gonna make your dry eye better.

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Which is why we came out with this.

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This is gonna help keep that bacteria under
control.

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It’s gonna keep, help the meibomian glands
open and working properly.

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It’s just gonna help your eyes stay comfortable
overall.

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So, how you use this.

0:02:28.920,0:02:30.620
I’ve done other videos showing on it but
I’ll show you briefly.

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I do it differently than my wife.

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I take it after I wash my face and wash my
eyelids like I normally do at night.

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I just take it, spray it directly on and then
I rub it in.

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If it gets into your eye not a big deal.

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Now what I find most of my female patients
like to do is they like to take a cotton around

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or a cotton ball.

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Spray 3 to 4 sprays.

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Go side to side, and up and down, nice and
gentle.

0:02:55.269,0:03:00.260
You don’t have to scrub too hard and this
again can replace the accusoft lid scrubs

0:03:00.260,0:03:03.320
that your using currently and this is much
more gentle because it doesn’t have any

0:03:03.320,0:03:08.690
surfat or surdetergents in it, to disrupt
that normal flora or the normal bacteria that

0:03:08.690,0:03:09.790
live on your eyelid.

0:03:09.790,0:03:16.041
This will actually keep all that working really
well and so blepharitis, dry eye, different

0:03:16.041,0:03:17.920
conditions one in the same though.

0:03:17.920,0:03:21.690
If you have one, you usually have the other
and if you get blepharitis under control you

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can usually get your dry eye under control.

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That’s why we are pushing so hard for the
spray and also for the omega-3 supplement.

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Posterior blepharitis helps with the anterior
and posterior blepharitis.

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This one helps with everything though so,
I recommend using both of those.

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If you have any questions post them below
the video.

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Dr. Travis Zigler with Eye Love.

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Thanks!

Dr. Jenna Zigler Discusses the Different Signs and Symptoms of Blepharitis

Dr. Jenna Zigler Discusses the Different Signs and Symptoms of Blepharitis 0

Dr. Jenna Zigler Discusses the Different Signs and Symptoms of Blepharitis

 

Hey, it’s Dr. Jenna Zigler here with Eye Love. We had a question about signs and symptoms of blepharitis. So, basically what we find with blepharitis is when you might wake up in the morning with your eyes stuck shut, or you wake up in the morning with those little "crusties" on your eye lashes that you have to pull off or wipe off with a solution. That’s one of the major things that people notice. Then, what that can cause is actually little broken blood vessels along your eyelids, it can cause your eyelids to look pretty red. It can cause you to look tired. Then it also contributes to dryness. So, burning sensation, you know that feeling where you just got something in your eye. You will definitely notice all of those symptoms with blepharitis. Some of the things that we can see when we look at your eyes in an exam are those flakes. We see your eye lashes that might be surrounded by flakes. We might see those little tiny blood vessels along your eyelids that are more prominent than they should be, so it makes your eyes look red. We may see a break up of the tear film on the front of your eye and that really can contribute to dry eye. A lot of the symptoms of dry eye are going to be the same as blepharitis because blepharitis contributes to dry eye. So, if you have any questions about that just let us know. I really hope that helps and have a good day!

One Love,

Dr. Jenna Zigler

Other Dry Eye articles by Dr. Zigler: 4 Tips to Stop Waking Up With Dry, Painful EyesWhich Antidepressants Cause Dry EyeFish Oil for Fighting Dry Eye Inflammation; and What Not To Eat If You Have Dry Eye

 

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Hey, it’s Dr. Jenna Zigler here with Eye
Love.

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We had a question about signs and symptoms
of blepharitis.

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So, basically what we find with blepharitis
is, you know, you might wake up in the morning

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with your eyes stuck shut or you wake up in
the morning with those little crusties on

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your eye lashes that you have to pull off
or wipe off with a solution.

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Um, that’s one of the major things that
people notice and then what that can cause

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is actually little broken blood vessels along
your eyelids, can cause your eyelids to look

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pretty red, actually.

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Um, and it can cause you to look tired and
things like that.

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Um, and then it also contribute to dryness.

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So, burning sensation, you know that feeling
where you just got something in your eye.

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Um, you’ll definitely notice all of that
with blepharitis.

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Um, some of the things that we can see when
we look at your eyes in an exam are those

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flakes.

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So we see your eye lashes, you know they might
be surrounded by flakes on your eye lashes.

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Um, we might see those little tiny blood vessels
along your eyelids that are more prominent

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than they should be so it makes your eyes
look red.

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Um, we may see you know a break up of the
tear film on the front of your eye and all

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of that really you know contributes to dry
eye and a lot of the symptoms of dry eye are

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gonna be the same as blepharitis because they
you know blepharitis contributes to dry eye.

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So, if you have any questions about that just
let us know, um, but I really hope that helps

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and have a good day!

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