What are the different kinds of dry eyelids?
Dry eyelids can be caused by a number of different conditions: contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, lifestyle choices and blepharitis.
Contact dermatitis is caused when something comes in contact with your eyes or you are allergic to something. Often finding the irritant and avoiding it will sort out the issue. Common irritants include: makeup and sunscreen, chlorine which is often in a swimming pool, skin care products, wind and dust in the air or a particular soap or detergent.
Atopic dermatitis, which is more commonly referred to as eczema is more common in children but can also occur in adults. It can occur anywhere on your body including the eyelids and will result in dry, red, flaky skin. It often flares up and calms down periodically.
Blepharitis is a more aggressive form where both eyelids will become inflamed. It is caused by the tiny oil glands at the base of your eyelashes becoming blocked, this in turn causes redness, irritation, crustiness and dryness. Your eyes in turn will become red, swollen and watery.
How can you treat dry eyelids?
The first point of call should be to visit your doctor or dry eye specialist, they can diagnose the issue and help you come up with a treatment plan.
If the dry eyelids are triggered by a reaction to something, they may ask you to try to work out what it is and change the products that you are using or the places that you are going.
If it is eczema based they may prescribe topical steroids to calm down the situation.
If you have blepharitis, they may prescribe antibiotic eye drops to fight the inflammation or eye drops to lubricate the eyes.
What is the most effective treatment?
Eye drops only provide temporary relief for people who experience these dry eyelid symptoms, they do not treat the inflammation, and unless used repeatedly, the symptoms will remain. Luckily, there’s a much more effective solution on the market: OptiLight.
OptiLight works in a very different way from traditional treatments. This non-invasive treatment uses light to treat dry eyes in the area below the eyes. It is the first and only IPL treatment FDA-approved for dry eye management. It is a safe, gentle, and well-studied procedure with over 40 clinical studies to support its effectiveness.
Why use this treatment?
It’s difficult to sustain a regimen of eye drops, compresses and warm showers. OptiLight is a course of just 4 sessions of about 15 minutes each that treat the root cause of the problem and negates the use of regular eye drops.
It’s safe, quick, and effective as it treats the root cause of dry eyelids, the inflammation, rather than the symptoms themselves.
Ask your dry eye professional about OptiLight.