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The big emphasis of this years Academy meeting was on the fact that cleaner eyelids play a role in EVERYTHING from dry eyes to meibomian gland dysfunction to blepharitis to demodex. We heard multiple times that eyelidhygiene should be emphasized by eye care practitioners as much as brushing your teeth is emphasized by dentists, and this regimen should be started in childhood.
This was a pretty amazing statement and a testament to what we talk about all the time. Clean your eyelids and feel much better. The reason for this is that bacteria and biofilm build-up on your eyelids, and this leads to a plethora of problems including:
The eyelid cleanser of choice that was talked about the most was hypochlorous acid eyelid cleanser. As anything gains in popularity, so does the competition. Here are a list of the hypochlorous acid eyelid cleansers that we saw at the Academy meeting:
This, of course, is our own brand of hypochlorous acid, but we were mentioned a few times at lectures. We are one of the most accessible hypochlorous acid eyelid cleansers on the market and make it easy for our patients to obtain and use it. It's as simply as spraying it onto your closed eyelids, rubbing it in, and letting it dry!
This one is available through your eye doctor and is one of the newer prescription or physician-dispensed formulas on the market (similar to Avenova). The formula looks to be around $150/month via the pharmacy (according to GoodRx.com) and may run about $40-50/month if you get it through a doctor who carries it in their office.
We've talked a lot about Avenova on our blog and in our videos because it is a great hypochlorous acid cleanser! However, the price can be prohibitive if your doctor does not dispense it in their office. According to GoodRx.com, you're still going to pay around $300/month without insurance at the pharmacy. Learn more about Avenova here.
Ocusoft is a well-known company that makes a hypochlorous acid cleanser, and this one is very commonly recommended by eye doctors. Is it the best one? We believe there are purer formulas on the market and formulas that have less potential to irritate the eyes.
We actually like this one because it's different than a spray we normally see (although they do have a spray formulation as well). This formula is a hypochlorous acid gel, so instead of spraying it onto your closed eyelids, you'll wet a cotton round with it before rubbing into your eyelids and lashes. Both formulations run about $30.
Many of you may have tried autologous serum eye drops, and they've been specifically shown to be beneficial for those with dry eyes due to Sjogren's Syndrome. But these aren't just normal artificial tears, and they're not designed to lubricate the eyes. They're designed to repair tissue, meaning that they can provide relief for those with Recurrent Corneal Erosions (RCE), exposure keratitis, aqueous deficient dry eye, and other conditions that negatively affect the ocular surface. The pH, osmolarity, and many growth factors are roughly the same as your tears, meaning that they do a wonderful job at healing the surface of the eyes. You can read more about autologous serum drops here. Also, a new company, Vital Tears, is making it easy to order autologous serum drops even if you don't have access to a compounding pharmacy near you. We expect them to do well, as this is the future of healthcare!
We've discussed Cequa on our blog and Dry Eye Show before and basically, Cequa is cyclosporine (like Restasis) although in a much higher concentration. It also boasts a nanomicelle delivery vehicle, meaning that it should penetrate into the ocular tissues more easily and much more quickly. For you, this means you'll feel relief sooner than with Restasis (some studies have shown effectiveness in relieving symptoms as early as two weeks...vs. the six months with Restasis). Coming out in 2019, we expect this to do well in optometry practices around the nation. We didn't learn much more at Academy than we already knew, so make sure to check out our blog post on Cequa!