Month: November 2020

Protect your loved ones – Wash your hands, face, and eyes regularly

Eye hygiene is not a conscious effort for most people. All we do is wash our faces in the morning, after we brush our teeth, and wash with water again before sleeping. Some of us may have a daily face cleaning routine, but even then, the eyes are left out. All the dust, grime, microbes, and makeup residue remain on the eyes.

The eyes are one of the most sensitive organs in your body. The mucous membranes are a conduit for viruses and bacteria to enter the body. As coronavirus numbers touch almost a 4.2 million, at the time of writing this, eye hygiene is of the utmost importance.

You must protect your eyes, equally well, as you would protect the nose and mouth. Frequently washing your hands with soap and water is the best way to guard yourself, so that you don’t touch your eyes inadvertently with the virus on your hands. Sanitizer with minimum of 60% of alcohol is another to clean your hands, if you’re on the move or you don’t have access to water or soap.

If you have any symptoms such as high fever, dry cough, body aches, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, fatigue for no reason, you should give a call to the coronavirus helplines and describe your symptoms. Do not move out of your home, because if you are positive then you might put others at risk or you have risk of getting from some corona infected person.

The most important thing that has been the outcome of Coronavirus, is hand, face and eye hygiene, as any virus or bacteria cannot harm you if you keep washing your hands cleaning your eyes & face frequently.

 What is the most preferred way to clean your eyes and face?

For the eyes & face, you should choose eyelid wipes and soft cleansers, made from non-toxic ingredients, such as TTO or Tea Tree Oil, without parabens or any other harmful chemicals.

Wipes such as Oculeaf Eyelid wipes are safe for the whole face, so you can clean your eyes, remove makeup and grime, and germs, at one go. Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes contains Tea Tree Oil helps which helps to reduce the microbial load effectively.

Tea Tree Oil has an important function as well, that of reducing the antiviral effect, which makes Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes the best choice to keep your eyes healthy and safe. Besides, these wipes are Gamma Irradiated and thus completely sterile wipes for the most hygienic eye care.

According to a study, ‘Melaleuca alternifolia Concentrate Inhibits in Vitro Entry of Influenza Virus into Host Cells’, done by the Laboratory of Tropical Disease Control of Ministry of Education, Department of Microbiology, Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University, Tea Tree Oil does play a major role in the eradication of viruses.

 Working from home means you will be spending more time in front of your computer screen and other screens, for entertainment and this puts stress on the eyes. There is no opportunity to go out to restaurants or pubs or even walks in the park.

As a result, we are spending almost all the time indoors, and out of sheer boredom, checking our phones, mails, and watching our favorite shows and movies. To combat the additional strain, use an eye moisturizer, and regularly clean the eyes.

 Is conjunctivitis a sign of coronavirus?

It is rare but coronavirus has been known to cause conjunctivitis in some people. However if you come across anyone with the pink or itchy eye, then do not panic. It doesn’t mean that they are infected with the virus – there are several reasons for conjunctivitis. But if you or someone you know have the other symptoms, such as fever, cough and diarrhea, then you must get yourself tested.

The virus has been known to spread by touching the fluid from an infected person’s eye or objects which might carry the fluids from the eyes.

What are the other symptoms that might indicate coronavirus

If you experience some symptoms such as blurry vision, wavy/blank spots in front of you, and if you have a history of macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, you must consult your physician.

You might suddenly experience visual flashes or see floaters in your vision, or lose some amount of vision, have pain in the eyes, headaches, nausea, vomiting and red eyes. All or even some of these conditions appearing for no reason at all is a matter of concern.

 What to do when you are visiting your ophthalmologist

If you have to go to the ophthalmologist, you should maintain a distance of six feet, ideally, but if not that then do cover your mouth with a mask or scarf, to protect yourself from the droplets which might spray onto your face. Wearing glasses or sunglasses would protect your eyes. But be careful to hold it with a tissue and clean it with a sanitizer when you take it off.

Carrying a tissue to the doctor’s appointment and opening doors with a tissue is the safest way, as you can get infected by touching an infected doorknob.

At the clinic, it is better to wait in the car, so that you are not exposed to anyone carrying the virus, and to protect other people and office staff, in case you are infected. You may have to go alone for your appointment, as clinics and hospitals might restrict the number of people who can accompany patients.

Doctors would probably be wearing a mask, and put a plastic shield on the slit lamp machine. You should not speak while he is examining you, as particles, might spray out of your mouth onto him.

The best thing is to ask for a virtual teleconference, such as video chats over the laptop or smartphone.

If there is no emergency, then best to stay at home. Your doctor might ask you to wear protective mask or covering if you are sick and keep you in a separate room away from the other patients.

Avoid wearing contact lenses

As viruses, especially the highly contagious Coronavirus spreads through touch, contact lenses should be avoided for quite some time this year, till the danger of the virus recedes. This is because, contact lens wearers tend to touch their eyes and face a lot, due to irritation.

Another reason is that the virus can land on the surface of the lens, and thus find a route to your body. If you wear glasses or sunglasses, then they can act as a protective shield against virus loaded droplets. But do not touch them with bare hands in the process of cleaning them. Safety goggles are the best way to shield your eyes if you are caring for a corona infected person.

Prevention is better than cure, as the saying goes, and protecting your eyes by following a daily eyecare routine is important. Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes can be used twice or thrice daily to clean your (and your family’s) eyes and face, to prevent any kind of viral or bacterial infection. Eyelid wipes are a smart choice in your effort to be safe from dangerous infections!

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“Demodex mites” cause itching, discomfort, & blurring in eyes – you can get rid of them effectively now….

Are your eyes red, watering and itching? You may feel there is something stuck in your eyes, have sticky discharge and inflammation. You are facing constant discomfort, even though you may have reduced your work on the screen and resting your eyes. Or, you may suddenly be facing an outbreak of acne and there is just no explanation for the ugly outbursts on your face. The reason could be Demodex mites – these are microscopic mites which reside on your body, mainly in the eyelids, face, forehead and nose.
These mites might have made a comfortable home in your eyelashes/eyes, completely unknown to you. They also crawl out at nighttime and run amok over your face, causing pimples, and other skin problems such as rosacea. So how did these mites get inside your eyes and how do you get rid of them?

How do Demodex mites get inside the eyes?
You’d be surprised to know that most people on the planet already have Demodex mites on the body, especially on the eyelash follicles and meibomian glands. Sometimes, Demodex spreads through the dust particles which contain the eggs of Demodex. The ectoparasites or eight legged bugs can be controlled with regular eye hygiene.

When these mites, which feed on dead skin cells, multiply, they cause immense discomfort, and have been found to be the contributing factor in aggravating eye diseases/disorders such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis etc. Out of 62 species of Demodex mites, only two species are found on us – the Demodex folliculorum, and the Demodex brevis.

Is Demodex contagious?
As these mites have the capacity to spread through contact, they are contagious. So if anyone in your family has been found to have eye problems because of Demodex, then ideally the whole family should be checked and started on a daily eyelid cleaning regime. You should also wash the sheets, towels, pillow covers etc in hot water to get rid of any larvae.

You should also never share any eye makeup with anyone. Demodex mites can spread through eyelash brushes, mascara, eye liner as well as other cosmetics or cosmetic tools which are used on the eyelashes.

What is the life cycle of Demodex mites?
Demodex mites’ life cycle is between 2-3 weeks. A female mite lays up to 20 eggs in one single eyelash follicle. These eggs turn into a mite. Adult male mites leave the eyelash follicle to look for a mate, and walk approx 10 mm/hour, tending to be much more active in darkness. Adult females remain in the follicle.

Signs of Demodex infestation
Apart from inflammation, itching, tearing of the eyes, burning sensation, blurred vision and matted eyelashes, a sign of Demodex is cylindrical dandruff on the lashes, which is visible under a microscope. This dandruff is one of the common signs of Demodex. The dandruff is considered to be produced when the Demodex mites’ claws scrape around in the eyelash follicles.

Another tell-tale sign of Demodex is that the lashes are very brittle. You may have eyebrow itching too, in the mornings, foreign body sensation which seems to originate underneath the lids. Also, Demodex occurrence has been found to increase with age, i.e. the older you get the more chances you have of developing a Demodex infestation.

How to manage Demodex infestation?
Demodex can be controlled/managed with maintaining eye hygiene with Tea Tree oil (TTO) based eyelid wipes & eyelid cleanser. Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser with 2% TTO are very effective in reducing/killing these mites to improve eye hygiene. These are supported additionally with vitamin E, Aloe B. Panthenol, thus provide shooting & comfort. Oculeaf wipes & cleanser are safe as these don’t contain any SLS, parabens and alcohol. These products are recommended as they are soft and gentle on the lashes and skin of the face.

Tea Tree Oil (TTO) is considered to the best to combat Demodex as it has an ingredient terpinen-4-ol. Many studies have proven the efficacy of TTO to manage Demodex infestation, prevent laying of eggs, destroy larvae, and get relief. Besides, a daily eyelash cleaning regime will keep you and your family safe from other eye infections as well.

How to prevent Demodex infestation?
Once your doctor diagnoses you as having Demodex infestation, then you have to follow his advice and take the medication and other precautions. Wash the face twice every day, cleaning your eye area, and if you use eye makeup, throw out all the earlier eye makeup and brushes. Do not share from others and do not share your makeup with others.

When you have excessive watering of the eyes, itching of eyebrows and eyes, red eyes, eye pain, aggravated eczema or rosacea– it is time to visit your doctor. Otherwise, Demodex has been known to cause red eye, dry eye and other infections. Control the mites embedded in the eyes with a healthy eye cleansing routine and regain eye health.

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