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Blepharitis is a common inflammatory condition that affects the eyelids and may be associated with a bacterial infection, a generalized condition involving dry, flaky skin (seborrheic dermatitis) or acne rosacea. Though not contagious, Blepharitis is usually chronic, but symptoms can be easily treated with proper, daily lid cleansing.
Two forms of Blepharitis:
- Anterior Blepharitis affects the outer lids and normally occurs when a build-up of excess oil produced by the meibomian glands develops, creating a breeding ground for bacteria.
- Posterior Blepharitis/Meibomian Gland Dysfunction (MGD) develops when the meibomian glands become inflamed and a thick, paste-like substance (meibum) is secreted or no oil is produced at all.
Common symptoms (which may vary): itching, burning, scratchiness, foreign body sensation, excessive tearing, crusty scaling around the eyelashes, especially upon waking.
Options for care: Regular use of OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Eyelid Cleansers to gently remove oil and debris from your eyelids will help control these symptoms. To reduce ocular surface inflammation, anti-inflammatory therapies such as oral doxycycline may be prescribed.
Dry Eye Syndrome
Eye irritation can be subtle or extreme, ranging from the occasional dry or gritty sensation to ongoing tearing and discharge which could be the result of a condition called Dry Eye Syndrome.
Every time you blink, the surface of your eye is protected with a new tear film consisting of three layers: an outer oil layer, middle aqueous layer and an inner mucin layer. When there is an excess or lack of any of these three layers, tear production usually decreases and tear evaporation increases, resulting in discomfort. Approximately one out of every five people in the U.S. suffer from Dry Eye Syndrome and because tear production decreases with age, aging is one of the most common causes of dry eyes.
Common symptoms: itching, burning, scratchiness, dryness or tired eyes. Activities that prolong blinking, such as reading, computer usage, driving or watching television, can make symptoms worse. Dry, windy, dusty or smoky environments, as well as high altitudes (including airplanes), can also aggravate dry eyes.
Options for care: Depending on the severity of your symptoms, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following options: warm compresses, eyelid cleansing, artificial tears, emulsions, eyelid spray, ointment, punctal occlusion, nutritional supplements or prescription therapies.
Contact Lens-Related Irritation
Are you constantly rubbing your eyes because your contact lenses feel dry or uncomfortable? Lenses that are not thoroughly cleaned can irritate or damage the surface of your eye. While multipurpose solutions seem convenient, they are not as effective as hydrogen peroxide solutions at removing protein and other buildup that occurs through daily wear. If not cleaned thoroughly, minor contact lens-related irritation can develop into a more serious problem and may even affect your vision. When it comes to your eyes, don't sacrifice proper care for convenience.
Common symptoms: dryness, redness, irritation or tired eyes.
Options for care: OCuSOFT Lens Care System is a preservative-free, 3-in-1 hydrogen peroxide system that deep cleans, stores and disinfects contact lenses to ensure maximum comfort throughout the day. You may also want to consider OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Eyelid Cleanser and OCuSOFT Hand Soap which contains no oils or other lubricants which may leave film on the hands be transferred to contact lenses.
Sjögren's Syndrome is a systematic autoimmune disease in which immune cells attack and destroy the exocrine glands that are responsible for keeping various parts of the body lubricated including the eyes and mouth. Sjörgren's is most commonly found in women who are in their late 40s and affects an estimated 4 million people in the U.S.
Common Symptoms: burning, scratchiness, dryness of the eyes and mouth/throat.
Options for care: Moisture replacement with artificial tears, emulsions, sprays and throat lozenges can help alleviate symptoms of dry eyes and mouth/throat.
Foreign substances such as dust, pollen and even cosmetics may cause your eyes to have an allergic response. Those with sensitive eyes usually experience excessive tearing and discomfort around the eyes, eyelids and eyelashes.
Common Symptoms: excessive tearing, itching, swelling, redness, pain and rashes.
Options for care: OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Eyelid Cleansers gently remove oil and debris from your eyelids to help control these symptoms. Moisture replacement with artificial tears, emulsions and sprays can help alleviate symptoms of dry eyes.
Computer Vision Syndrome
A temporary condition, Computer Vision Syndrome is caused by focusing the eyes on a computer display for uninterrupted periods of time. This condition affects approximately 90% of people who spend three or more hours a day at a computer, according to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
Common Symptoms: headaches, blurred vision, redness in the eyes, eye strain, dry or irritated eyes and double vision.
Options for care: Artificial tears and sprays can be used to help reduce the irritation and dryness from extended straining of the eyes. Tears Again ADVANCED Eyelid Spray provides a cool, refreshing mist that soothes, lubricates and protects against moisture loss.
A blepharospasm, blepharo meaning eyelid and spasm meaning uncontrolled muscle contraction, is any abnormal, involuntary contraction or twitch of the eyelid. It normally refers to benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) which is a focal dystonia — a neurological movement disorder involving involuntary and sustained contractions of the muscles around the eyes. Symptoms sometimes last for a few days then disappear without treatment, but in most cases the twitching is chronic and persistent, causing lifelong challenges.
Common Symptoms: excessive blinking or spasms of the eyes, uncontrollable twitches of the eye muscles and dryness of the eyes.
Options for care: Doctors often recommend botulinum toxin injections (such as Botox) to induce localized, partial paralysis to prevent twitching and muscle spasms. Botulinum toxin effectiveness diminishes over time, but supplementation with Zytaze has been proven to enhance the results and extend the duration of effect.
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