Eyelid hygiene is an important part of your eye health routine. It’s especially important if you use fake eyelashes or if you suffer from dry eyes, blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction.
Your eyelids are there to protect your eyes, shielding, wiping and cleaning your corneas (the surface of your eyes).
To keep your eyes moist, your eyelids regularly spread tear film across your corneas. They also stop your eyes drying out when you’re sleeping.
You touch your eyelids more than you think – washing your face, rubbing your eyes, applying or removing fake eyelashes. Each contact can transfer microbes from your fingers or make-up brushes to your eyelids.
It’s especially important to cleanse your eyelids each day if you’re living with dry eyes, blepharitis or meibomian gland dysfunction or if you use fake eyelashes or are struggling with eyelash mites.
Computer use, ageing, hormonal changes, windy days – all these things and more can dry your eyes and make your tears too salty. That’s why it’s important to remove external irritants from your eyelids and eyelashes with a daily cleansing routine.
Your eyelids can become sore, irritated, red and inflamed when tiny oil glands near the base of your eyelashes become clogged. Cleansing your eyelids can help you prevent blepharitis or ease its symptoms.
These glands line the edges of your eyelids and secrete an oil that stops your tears evaporating. MGD happens when your oil glands get clogged or when the oil they secrete is of poor quality. This can cause crusty oil that irritates rather than soothes your eyes, worsening any dry eye or blepharitis symptoms.
If you love the full, long-lashed look, then fake eyelashes are great. But, all that tinkering with your eyelids can cause infections. That’s why cleansing your eyelids should be part of your regular beauty routine.
We all have some microscopic mites living on our eyelashes. Sometimes, though, their numbers get out of control, causing irritation and vision problems and aggravating underlying skin conditions like rosacea.
You don’t want harsh chemicals on the delicate skin of your eyelids, so close to your eyes.
Nor do you want to apply a cleanser with your fingers. That’s just an opportunity to transfer more bacteria to your eyelids.
So, you need a gentle, spray on cleanser.
TheraTears® SteriLid® Antimicrobial Eyelid Cleanser incorporates a powerful, natural cleanser called hypochlorous acid.
Hypochlorous acid is produced by your body’s neutrophils. It works with your immune system to kill bacteria. And it’s the key ingredient in TheraTears® SteriLid® Antimicrobial Eyelid Cleanser.