Put Down the Baby Shampoo8:27 PM
Picture one of those typical doctor intake forms. Would you check a box beside any of these?
- Red, scaly, crusty eyelids
- Flaky debris along the lashes
- Frequent and recurring styes or inturned eyelashes
- Chronic redness, itching, watering, or irritation
|Blepharitis caused by Demodex colonies have a classic appearance of cylindrical dandruff or collarettes along the base of the lash root. via|
For decades the go-to treatment recommendation for chronic blepharitis was eyelid hygiene with baby shampoo. The concept? The most common causes for blepharitis are skin bacteria like Staphylococcus epidermisDemodex brevis Demodex folliculorum. Staphylococcus aureus
|Microscopic view of demodex mites at the base of hair and eyelash follicles via|
A Better Alternative?
OCuSOFT lid cleansing products have the cleansing power to knock out skin bacteria and Demodex colonies, but are far more gentle and less irritating to the delicate eyelid skin than baby shampoo. Studies assessing ocular irritation on OCuSOFT products found that OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus was "practically non-irritating" to the ocular surface if not rinsed off in 1 hour based on Draize score data. Baby shampoo was rated category 3 or "mild irritation" on LVET (low volume eye test) Draize testing. OCuSOFT products are graded as 16 x milder than baby shampoo for eye irritation!
Not only were OCuSOFT products found to be more comfortable to the eye than baby shampoo, they also have significantly better bacterial kill rates. Studies on skin wound cleansing scored Johnson and Johnson Baby Shampoo as non-antibacterial at 24 hours against Staph. aureus at "cell-safe" levels, and additionally scored it with a high cytotoxicity index score (meaning it was considered highly irritating and damaging to healthy cells as well). OCuSOFT Plus lid scrubs have exceptional kill rates against common skin bacteria that are known causes of blepharitis, including Staph. epidermis, Staph. aureus, and even MRSA.
Our recommendation? For chronic blepharitis put down the baby shampoo and reach for a specific eyelid hygiene product. In my personal practice I recommend daily use of OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Plus for bacterial-based blepharitis until the eyelid inflammation is controlled, and then recommend use of daily lid cleansing products like OCuSOFT Original pads or foam longterm to help promote a skin environment that would be inhospitable to bacteria or Demodex infestation. Eyelid hygiene is part of my patients' everyday routine for clear vision and healthy eyes; you can't take a night off from caring for your eyes and delicate eyelid skin and expect your eyes to perform at their best level. OCuSOFT is gentle enough to be used as a daily cleanser for even sensitive skin types, and its strong enough to neutralize skin bacteria and help prevent chronic conditions like blepharitis and recurrent styes.
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