Cleaning the lashes and lid margin can help reduce blepharitis (debris and bacteria along eyelids and lashes), and in some cases reduce the mites that infest the lash follicles.
- Zest is an effective in-office treatment that works by removing excess bacteria and toxins that live along the lash margin that cause inflammation and eyelid disease. This targeted treatment works by dissolving the biofilm along the edge of your eyelids and lashes, discarding any debris, and exfoliating your eyelids. The procedure takes about 10 minutes and involves applying a gel to the eyelid margin and lashes with a cotton swab and cleaning in a circular motion, working the gel into a lather. Following the deep cleansing procedure, the gel is rinsed off with a saline solution
- Hypochlorous acid is a natural antimicrobial agent. Applied to the eyelids and eyelashes daily, it can help wash away microbes, allergens, and debris. With the eyes closed, it can be simply sprayed directly onto the eyelashes. Alternatively, it can be sprayed onto a cotton pad and then gently spread along the eyelashes and eyelid margins.
- Tea tree oil has been shown to be effective at eradicating Demodex mites. We Love Eyes foaming cleanser was developed by an optometrist as a safe and effective option to wash away dirt, debris, allergens, and pollutants along the lashes and eyelid margin.