Don’t think it strange if your eye doctor tells you to wash your eyelids with baby shampoo. According to the All About Vision website, we should wash our eyelids for good eyelid hygiene to eliminate blepharitis.
Blepharitis is an eye condition characterized by chronic inflammation of the eyelid which can cause dry and itchy eyes. We know that there is a “no more tears” baby shampoo that is safe to use on a newborn baby’s hair; therefore, it is also safe to use on the eyelids of an adult.
Cleaning the eyelids is essential to blepharitis treatment. Your doctor will recommend what cleansing agent to use. You can use warm water only, baby shampoo diluted with warm water or a special over-the-counter product made specifically for cleansing the eyelids.
Wash your hands, then dip a clean washcloth, cotton swab or gauze pad into your baby shampoo. Make sure you squeeze out any excess moisture. Gently wipe across your lashes and lid margin. Rinse with cool water. Repeat the process for your other eye, but use a different washcloth, swab or pad. Your eye doctor may have you clean your lids several times daily to start, and then once daily thereafter.
A vision site suggests that while you are bathing in the shower or bath use a few drops of baby shampoo and lather up your hands. Then with your eyes close gently message the soap suds on the lid margins for about 30 seconds. The goal is to clean the base of your eyelashes without irritating your eyes. Once done with the eyelid scrubs, rinse your face clean of all soap residue.
You may also dilute baby shampoo in a container with warm water in a one- to-one ratio. Use a cotton tip applicator and soak with this solution. Gently message the eyelid margin with the cotton tip applicator for 30 seconds. Make sure you clean the bottom and top eyelid margin of both eyes. Try to avoid getting any soap into the eyes or touching the eyes with the cotton tip applicator. Remember to focus on the eyelash base. After you have finished with the eyelid scrub, rinse your face clean of all soap residue.