Are you tired of dealing with eyelid inflammation? Well, there's good news for you! Hypochlorous acid, a natural bactericidal compound, has been clinically shown to help fight against various eyelid conditions such as blepharitis, and it's even effective at preventing the development of styes and other eyelid infections. In this blog, we'll be exploring the science of hypochlorous acid and how you can use it to combat eyelid inflammation and prevent infection.
The Science Behind Hypochlorous Acid
Research indicates that individuals with blepharitis have a bacterial presence more than 14 times higher than those without the condition, and a solution containing hypochlorous acid (HOCl) can potentially help in reducing this bacterial load without promoting the growth of harmful strains.
Scientists have found that HOCl can reduce the bacterial load by over 90% without significantly changing the variety of bacterial species present. Moreover, HOCl-containing products are typically not classified as antibiotics, and therefore, do not contribute to the increasing problem of antibiotic resistance.
What is Blepharitis and what are its symptoms?
Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelids, often characterized by redness, swelling, itching, and flaking of the skin around the eyes. It can result from various factors, including bacterial infections, allergies, or skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis. Symptoms of blepharitis may include irritated, itchy, and red eyes, a gritty or burning sensation, crusting or discharge around the eyelids, and sensitivity to light. Although these conditions are typically not sight-threatening, they can cause significant discomfort and may require ongoing management to alleviate symptoms and prevent recurrence.
Using Hypochlorous Acid for Eyelid Cleaning
Hypochlorous acid solutions, such as OCuSOFT Hypochlorite, can be found over the counter, and no prescription is needed. Safe for daily use, hypochlorous acid solution is easy to apply because it comes in a spray bottle form.
There are two methods of application for the spray:
- Close your eyes, spray it directly onto your eyelids, and then use either a cotton ball or a lint-free cloth to gently clean the eyelids, making sure to drag away along the eyelid margin right on the eyelashes away from the eye.
- Spray the solution directly onto a cotton ball and then clean each eyelid individually. We recommend using a different cotton ball for each eyelid, and make sure to thoroughly clean the eyelashes themselves.
There is also a convenient single use wipes that are presoaked in the solution.
What is Hypochlorous Acid?
Hypochlorous acid is a bactericidal compound effective against a wide range of bacteria. Produced naturally by neutrophil white blood cells within your body, it helps fight infections. This natural compound has been clinically proven to combat various eyelid conditions such as blepharitis. Hypochlorous acid (at the dose sold over the counter or by your eye doctor) is a safe, non-toxic formula, currently being used across the healthcare sector for multiple ailments. Its safety surpasses most other disinfecting agents, such as hydrogen peroxide.
The Benefits of Hypochlorous Acid for Eyelid Health
Hypochlorous acid has been clinically proven to combat eyelid conditions such as blepharitis, both of which contribute significantly to the development of meibomian gland dysfunction and chronic dry eye disease. It is effective at preventing styes and other eyelid infections, which is why many doctors recommend products like OCuSOFT Hypochlorite as part of a daily eyelid hygiene regimen.
Consult with Our Optometrist Before Using Hypochlorous Acid for Eyelid Care
Patients who are seeking to use this powerful disinfectant for eyelid cleaning, should do so only under the guidance of our optometrist. Contact us today at (212) 752-6930 to schedule an appointment and learn more about how hypochlorous acid can benefit your eye health. Always consult with our team before incorporating any new treatments into your routine.
Our clinic is proud to serve patients with blepharitis from New York, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, and surrounding areas. Let us help you achieve and maintain optimal eye health for a lifetime of clear and comfortable vision.