Have you ever experienced chronically red eyes, itchy eyelids, crusty eyelashes, lids sticking together in the morning, or heavy mucous build-up? If you answered yes, you may need to improve your eyelid hygiene. It is a common misconception that simply washing one’s face is enough to adequately clean the eyelids and lashes.

All of us have bacteria that live on our skin without causing problems. However, occasionally (and through no fault of our own) these bacteria can overgrow and lead to problems such as blepharitis (infection of the eyelid margin), conjunctivitis (infection of the covering over the white of the eye), or Staphlococcal hypersensitivity (overactive immune response to bacterial waste products). When these conditions are present, the above symptoms are manifested. How can you avoid these problems? The answer is lid scrubs. Lid scrubs should be done to prevent blepharitis just as tooth brushing should be done to prevent cavities. There are many variations on how to perform lid scrubs, but the idea is the same with all methods. We want to reduce the number of bacteria that live at the eyelid margin by cleaning the area where the eyelashes meet the eyelid. This can be done with over the counter medicated pads (Ocusoft), baby shampoo, or cetyl alcohol based products (Cetaphil). The key is to perform the lid scrubs regularly, and make sure to remove all of the mucus and debris that may be present on the lashes. If you have any of these symptoms, let us know and we’ll provide you the proper instructions to help.