Eye Hygiene

Why eye hygiene is required for contact lens wearers…

Contact lens wearers need to take the proper care both of their lenses and hygiene of eyes. The lenses are in direct contact with the eyes and if they are not maintained/cleaned well then you can suffer from eye infections. The CDC reports that people do not seem to understand the risk that they take by not taking the prescribed care for their lenses.

Contacts are delicate optical aids, which provide effective and safe vision correction. Many people use them for cosmetic purposes as well. Whatever the purpose of use, the need for proper methods of wearing, cleaning, storing and disinfecting contact lenses is same for all. Otherwise, you may suffer from infection or inflammation which can be quite painful and disrupt your daily routine.

Not only that, but you must take particular care of your eye hygiene if you wear contact lenses regularly. The lenses are in direct contact with the eyeballs, and if any infection due to lack of eye hygiene occurs, then you will suffer immense discomfort, tearing, inflammation and make endless trips to the doctor.

Here are a few simple ways in which you can care for your lenses, as well as your eyes so that you can wear your lenses with comfort:

Wash hands

Every time you remove or put in the lens, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water to get rid of the germs, dust etc. on your hands. Always dry your hands before touching the contacts as water should not touch the lenses.

Use eyelid wipes/soft eyelid cleansers

One of the best things you can do for your eye health is to clean them with eyelid wipes or soft eyelid cleansers to remove any lurking dust, parasites, or germs. Do this twice a day, before putting in your contacts and after taking them off. Eye infections such as blepharitis can be prevented by a daily eye cleaning routine, preferably with eye friendly products containing Tea Tree Oil and without alcohol or parabens and other harmful chemicals.

People who wear contacts must take eye hygiene seriously or else the infection could be aggravated when they wear the lens.

Clean lenses with multipurpose solution

Use the doctor prescribed multi-purpose solution to clean the lenses. Put the contacts on your palm and moisten the lens with a little of the multi-purpose solution. These solutions are also known as ‘no rub’ solutions, meaning you do not have to rub the lenses with the solutions.

Put in the lenses

Using a saline drop in each of the lenses, put them in the eye. This step will ensure the contacts will be clean of all dust and debris and will not cause discomfort or infection in the eyes.

Change the solution in the case

Before removing the lenses, first replace the solution in the case. Topping up the solution is a strict no-no. Never mix the fresh solution with used or old solution.

Remove lenses after washing hands

Wash the hands thoroughly with soap and water and then remove the contacts gently. Place them in the case which has fresh solution.

Lubricate the eyes

Use the doctor prescribed eye lubricant after you remove the lenses before sleeping at night. This will keep your cornea moist and prevent conditions like dry eye, red eye etc.


Never sleep in your lenses – increases infection risk from six-eight-fold.

In exceedingly rare cases, people are asked to sleep in their lenses, by their doctors. Otherwise, never sleep in your contacts. It has been found in many studies that sleeping in lenses can irreparably damage your vision. If you wear them continuously without disinfecting them, you may end up in the emergency condition. Corneal abrasion, corneal ulcer and open sore can form on the cornea, which requires immediate surgery.

Never swim or shower wearing contacts

Remove your contacts before getting in the swimming pool or hot tub/tubs, as water can damage the lenses. There was a case which was reported in the Ophthalmology journal about a 34 year old man who slept and swam in his lenses, several times a week. He developed a rare eye infection called acanthamoeba keratitis, which required months of antibacterial and antiviral topical treatment, after which his vision was restored.

Replace contact lenses case periodically

Clean by rubbing and rinsing the case with the lens solution, and then dry with tissue paper. Place them upside down after removing the caps every time you use the contacts. Replace the case every three months.

Give rest to your eyes

Contact lenses cover the cornea, a transparent tissue which covers the eyes. While wearing contacts, air cannot reach the cornea. In case of overwearing, the cornea which is starved for oxygen, starts to grow new blood-vessels and eye inflammation can occur. Lipids deposits also occur in cornea, affecting vision. Thus, to protect your eyes, you should not wear contacts continuously. Allow oxygen to reach the cornea and stay safe.

Disinfect before use every time

If you happen to wear lenses sporadically, then clean the lenses the previous night, to get rid of any microbial growth on the lens and case. Even if you don’t wear them regularly, make a habit of cleaning them regularly, to avoid danger of infection.

Wear after proper prescription and fitting

Colored contact lenses are trendy and fashionable. But it is not an accessory which should be bought over the counter. They should be prescribed by your eye doctor, and only buy lenses which are of good quality.

Things to remember:

  • Never over-wear, sleep or swim in lenses
  • Follow eye hygiene habits such as cleaning with eyelid wipes or soft eye shampoo daily
  • Never use tap water to clean your contact lenses
  • Never reuse the cleaning solution
  • Always wash hands before you handle contact lenses.

The above rules are a part of eye hygiene for those who use contact lens. If you are consistent and meticulous about the care of your eyes and your lenses, and establish a daily hygiene routine, then you can prevent eye infections which can potentially lead to vision impairment. Any eye pain, redness, blurred vision, and discomfort should not be neglected. Immediately remove the lenses and contact your eye doctor.

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Get rid of Demodex mites right now, these commonly find on eyelids and eyelashes!

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 eyelash wipes and eye shampoos which have 2% Tea Tree Oil. Such as Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser contain, in addition to Tea Tree Oil, vitamin E, Aloe D-Panthenol, and does not 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 with Oculeaf Cleanser, 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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Why it’s important to remove makeup before sleeping…

Removing makeup before sleeping is a rule which you have to establish for yourself. All the cleansers in the market are not there for nothing – it is an important message that just as looking good boosts your mood, a cleansed skin will boost your skin health. If you look at the beauty routine of some of the most glamorous women in the world, you will find a mention of removing makeup before sleeping on their must-do list.


Makeup makes you feel good and confident, and a glowing skin will make you feel even better. One of the secrets to a glowing skin is letting the skin renew itself while sleeping. If makeup is on your face, then this cannot happen. Your skin cannot breathe, and the signs of fatigue are visible in some time. When the pores are blocked, you may even get pimples and blackheads. Or the irritation and itching caused by dust and makeup residue will lead to skin problems, as well as making the skin dull.


It is crucial to clean eye makeup as well before sleeping. The eyes are delicate, and you should treat them with utmost care. A story which was published in American Academy of Ophthalmology is one which is extreme – a 50 years old woman went to her eye-doctor after undergoing extreme irritation and pain in the eyes.


The doctor looked underneath her eyelids and discovered solid masses or ‘concretions’. Incredibly, these concretions were the result of decades of mascara build up. The lady in question had never removed her eye makeup properly, which led to the mascara solidifying in her eyes. The doctors had to perform a 90 minutes surgical procedure, to remove the solid masses, but unfortunately, it left permanent scars. Still, the lady was saved from becoming blind, which was a big possibility, doctors said. She was lucky that she did not develop any eye infection.


While the above story is a little extreme, and is a very rare case, still it underlines the importance of cleaning the eyes of makeup residue. If any makeup, such as mascara, eyeliner and eyeshadow stay on the lids at night, for so many hours while you sleep, the glands and hair follicles in the eyes may get blocked. This blockage leads to inflammation, irritation, swelling and tearing of eyes, and you may develop sties, and/or MGD (Meibomian Gland Disorder). Bacterial infections might occur, and ingrown eyelashes are another possibility.


Even if you feel tired and exhausted at the end of a grueling day, you just have to push yourself to do this for yourself. If you don’t use makeup, you should still clean your face daily before sleeping at night as it will remove the dust and pollution from the pores, and your skin will not be damaged while you sleep at night.


Just clean your eyes daily with soft eyelid wipes, such as Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes, which has Tea Tree Oil, is gentle on the eyes, and is paraben free. Tea Tree Oil has been found to be beneficial for eyes in many studies, as it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties.


You can carry these wipes with you, so that you need not skip your eye-skin hygiene routine, even when you travel. The Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes are formulated in a way that they can be used on the face also. So just swiping your face daily with these wipes, or other soft wipes will improve your skin health tremendously.


To have skin that glows naturally, and to keep your eyes bright and shining, establish and rigorously follow a daily skin and eye makeup removal routine.  It will only take two minutes, but these two minutes will result in radiant, healthy skin and eyes!

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Eyecare during the Coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus, which started in China, has now spread to over 200 countries, and infected more than 4.1 Mn people globally. It is a highly contagious disease, as it is transmitted from person to person. Even countries with the most developed healthcare systems are finding it hard to beat back the virus. Europe & USA have become the new epicenter, reporting 100’s of deaths every day. There are many lacs of cases in the US, UK, Italy Spain, Germany, Russia, and other countries.

It has spread to India and most other countries in the world. As countries announce lockdowns for health reasons, still you do have to venture out to buy essentials like food and medicines. You must keep yourself safe, as it has been proven that the virus spreads through aerosol transmission, i.e. through respiratory droplets which can get deposited on you via an infected person, through the nose, eyes and mouth, or by touching surfaces on which the virus is present.

It is best to stay away from people who cough or sneeze, and donning a mask is helpful, though the virus is not airborne. The mask covers the mouth and nose, thus protecting you. If you do not have a mask, (since they have become scarce), cover your nose and mouth with a scarf when you go out, and wash it thoroughly with soap and water, after you come back.

However, WHO has stated that you should not touch your nose, mouth, face and eyes, whether you’re at home or outside. So, coronavirus does not spread just through your mouth and nose, but also through the eyes and may get itchy eyes or swollen eyes!

Avoid rubbing the eyes, as this is a habit most of us are prone to. If you get itchy eyes or you have to adjust your glasses, or for any reason you feel the need to touch the eyes, do so with a tissue. Dry eyes might lead to itchy eyes, so moisturize your eyes with tear drops, but do wash your hands with soap and water before you administer the eyedrops and afterward also.

As you cannot keep the eyes clean with soap and water, you should use non-toxic tea tree-based eyelid wipes and eyelid cleanser. Clean your eyelids and face at least two to three times a day with either eyelid wipes or eyelid cleanser to stay safe from the dreaded Coronavirus. This will help to clean any virus or bacteria which might be lodged in the eyelids.

Practicing safe hygiene as well as social distancing will help to slow down the spread of the disease:

  • Wash hands many times during the day with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds.
  • Take care to wash hands before eating, after using the restroom, coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose.
  • Wash your hands after you reach home, taking care to touch door handles of your car and home with a dry tissue.
  • If you do not have access to soap and water, while on the move, use a sanitizer which has 60% alcohol, but remember to wash your hands the moment you get a chance to do so.
  • Avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cover your face with a tissue or elbow while sneezing or coughing. After disposing of the tissue, wash the hands.
  • Avoid standing close to people, especially sick people. The WHO recommends to stand at least 6 feet away from sick people.
  • Do not go out if you have a fever, cold or cough, but call the government coronavirus helpline.
  • To be on the safe side, try to use glasses instead of contact lenses for some time.
  • Make a practice of disinfecting the surfaces as well as items of your home.
  • Wash all products which you can wash (without destroying them!) with soap and water, such as milk packets.
  • Plan your shopping trips so that after you buy your groceries and vegetables, you need not touch them for 12 to 14 hours. The virus does not survive for more than 14 hours on surfaces, according to WHO.

Coronavirus has ignited panic in people worldwide due to its ability to spread between people with ease. If you follow the recommended hygiene guidelines, in general and specifically for the eyes, nose and mouth, you may be protected from the virus.

Eye hygiene is vital and using cleansing tea tree Oil wipes and soft eyelid cleanser like Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser, which also is safe to use on the eyes and face, you can hope to fight coronavirus. Avoiding touching the eyes with your hands may prevent coronavirus infection through your eyes and if you have symptoms consult your eyelid doctor.

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Why do mothers need to practice eyelid hygiene?

A mother’s role is not confined to providing healthy and delicious food. She is a manager, disciplinarian, psychologist (when she listens to everyone), and most of all, she is the best teacher anyone can have. We learn everything from our mothers –  basic hygiene such as brushing our teeth, how to eat and stay healthy, social etiquette, etc, etc, ….

Mothers not only stay inside the home, but step out to do the household shopping, to work, pick and drop their kids from school and their sports and music lessons and tuitions.

Eye problems faced by mothers

While stepping out, pollution may cause many eye problems. The dirt and debris that get inside their eyes may block eye glands and cause MGD or Meibomian Gland Disorder and subsequently blepharitis, red eyes, and dry eyes.

Working mothers may have to spend hours in front of a computer. Working mothers as well as house wives may work on the computer for a long time for supervising their kids’ homework or school projects. And then, for a little downtime, they may like to check Facebook and Whatsapp on their phones, or watch their favorite Netflix shows on a computer, a phone, or a tablet. Such a long exposure to screens and blue light might cause Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Dry Eye Syndrome (DES).

And last but not the least, a mother likes to look good and put on eye make up (among other make up), which may harm her eyes if not cleaned well.

The role of eyelid hygiene

Practicing eyelid hygiene can be an effective way for a mother to stay safe from the above lifestyle and environment related eye problems.

Eyelid hygiene practice is comparatively new in India, but it is an aspect of basic hygiene that should not be ignored, especially if you are a mother. As you know well, if a mother is ill in any way, the whole family’s life is disrupted. Children too become distressed emotionally as they are closest to their mothers.

So eyelid/eye hygiene is really important for all mothers, who are the backbone of a family.

How should you practice eye hygiene?

It’s easy to practice eyelid or eye hygiene. However, if you’re thinking you’re doing it already by washing your eyes with water every day, it’s not enough.

You have to clean your eyelids thoroughly where the dust/debris accumulate. There are many mites known as Demodex mites, which reside on the eyelids of almost all humans. These mites can also travel across your face , sometimes causing rosacea, and you can never see them, as they are microscopic. Demodex mites can cause eye infection which can be very painful and might need medication.

To keep yourself safe from Demodex mites, allergens, debris, make-up residue, Dry Eye Syndrome, and Computer Vision Syndrome, you should use eyelid wipes and eyelid cleansers.

Eyelid wipes, such as Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes that are pre-moistened with TTO (Tea Tree Oil) and do not have any toxic chemicals, can be used. They have effective refreshing agents, which keep your eyes moistened. Swipe the eyelid wipe from side to side, and clean the eyelid, eyelashes, eyebrows, and face. Yes, these wipes can be used for the face too!

Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Oculeaf soft Eyelid Cleanser (Shampoo) can be used twice in a day, unless you’re advised to clean your eyes/eyelids more than twice by a doctor.

Practice eyelid hygiene for you and your family’s benefit

So, mothers, why not start practicing eyelid hygiene from today? With all the pollution in the environment (chemicals and particulate matter floating around), you have to protect yourself. Establishing a regular eye/eyelid cleaning routine will keep your eyes healthy and happy, and help in inculcating this healthy habit in your entire family.

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Manage contact lens discomfort with Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes

Wearing contact lens has many advantages but some people suffer from contact lens discomfort. A study by the American Academy of Ophthalmology revealed that among young adults, 25% of visits to the ophthalmology is due to eye problems due to contact lenses. If you wear contact lens, you may be quite happy with them. On the other hand you may be experiencing some discomfort. Here are some reasons as well as tips to help you manage your discomfort with eyelid wipes, such as Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes:

Contact lens discomfort – symptoms

  • Stinging, burning, itching in the eyes
  • Dry eyes
  • Pain, eyes’ watering, redness
  • Blurred vision, sensitivity to light

These symptoms might indicate simple issues such as problems with the fit or a serious problem like corneal infection and ulcer. If you think contact lens discomfort is normal, then you’re very wrong! After the initial acclimation period, the lens should feel comfortable at all times. In fact, you shouldn’t even notice you are wearing them.

Reasons which cause discomfort due to contact lens

The lens are not a good fit

If your lens does not fit well, it can lead to serious problems. Your lenses rest directly on the eyes, buoyed by the tear film and a multi-layer of oil protectant (mucin, water and oil). Ill-fitting lenses may cause you extreme discomfort. If you experience any symptoms of discomfort, you should get them redone with the right measurement.

Dry eye caused by tear film drying out

Wearing contacts may sometimes dry out the tear film, and you experience all the dry eye symptoms such as burning, itching, pain and red eyes. A good solution for this is to use doctor prescribed artificial tears.

Another solution is to clean your eyes daily with Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes which is pre-moistened with tea tree oil. It will help to manage dry eyes as it will lubricate the tear film and you could use eyelid wipes before you put on the lenses. TTO is the best natural remedy for all kinds of eye problems, even dry eyes caused by contact lenses.

Eat well to have better tear quality

Eat a nutritious diet composed of omega-3 fatty acids and include flaxseed oil as a supplement. It will improve the composition of the tears, making it more oily. Oiler tear film will prevent evaporation of tears, as well as allowing lenses rest comfortably on your eyes’ tear film.

Avoid sharing

Sharing contacts increase the chances of eye infections. Wearing someone else’s contacts means they won’t fit well and can cause damage to the cornea. Teenagers are usually prone to share their contacts, and should be advised not to do so.

Practice right hygiene

Contacts can get damaged due to rough handling. Damaged contacts should never be worn. Also, it is imperative to wash hands before wearing your contacts. This simple hygienic practice will save you from infections due to germs from your hand.

Why you should Oculeaf Eyelid wipes

Features of Oculeaf eyelid wipes

  • Contains natural moisturizer which hydrates and refreshes eyelids & eyes – The natural moisturizers Sodium Hyaluronate and Tea Tree Oil keeps eyes refreshed and shooting which helps to wear contacts comfortably every day. If your tear film is properly lubricated, you will not experience the discomfort due to dry eyes.
  • Wipes are pre-moistened with tea tree oil -So why should you use Oculeaf eyelid wipes? Well, because it is formulated using Tea Tree Oil (TTO)as one of the main ingredients. TTO is considered to be the best for controlling/preventing eye infection.
  • Free from parabens, fragrance, SLS and preservatives – Oculeaf Eyelid wipes are free from all harmful chemicals, making it safest for daily use. It removes eye exudates, dust, mites and bacteria.

How to use Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes

Step 1: Wash your hands and close your eyes.

Step 2: Gently clean your eyelids with a pre-moistened Oculeaf Wipe from the center to the corner of your eyes. Repeat for the other eye contour too.

Step 3: Insert your contact lenses after washing hands.

Use Oculeaf eyelid wipes twice a day, before inserting and after removing your contact lenses for best results. Oculeaf is available in 12 and 24 wipes’ pre-moistened wipes, which you can carry around easily.

For more information, visit www.waypham.com, and in case of severe problems do visit your ophthalmologist.

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Habit of daily Eyelid Hygiene will support Healthy Vision

Learn how eye hygiene can protect your cornea

The cornea is a very important part of your eye. Your cornea is dome-like in shape and transparent, situated at the front part of the eye. It functions like the lens of a camera, focusing light onto the retina. It also has nerves which make us alert to irritants that could harm vision and eye health. It is very delicate and has to be protected because if it is damaged in any way, your eyesight will be poor, even though the rest of your eye is healthy.

What is the cornea made of?

In order to understand the ways to protect your eyes, you should know a little about the composition of the cornea. It comprises of five parts – the epithelium, Bowman’s membrane, stroma, Descemet’s membrane, and the endothelium.


Epithelium: The topmost layer of the cornea is the epithelium. This is the layer that requires enough lubrication. If the epithelium is dry or dirty, you will suffer from dry eye syndrome, eye irritation, and itching. One of the ways to strengthen your cornea is to clean your eyes daily with harmless eyelid wipes and eyelid cleansers.

It’s important to keep your Eyes & Eyelids clean by wiping daily with Eyelids Wipes – this may help reduce microbial loads and other pollutants and chemicals and thus improve overall Eyelids Hygiene. It will reduce the seepage of irritating and infective materials into the corneal epithelium and protect your vision. Using harmless eye cleaners like the Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Oculeaf Eyelid Soft Eyelid Cleanser is one of the ways eye hygiene can protect your cornea.


Stroma: The stroma is the densest part of the corneal part, and if it gets damaged, you will suffer significant loss of vision. Corneal infections left untreated can damage stroma. It can also be damaged by foreign bodies in the eyes. When you know the importance of and how to take care of eyes daily, you will be able to prevent corneal infections and protect your vision. Again, the best way how eye hygiene can protect your cornea is by using tea tree oil-based Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Cleansers.


Endothelium: The cornea’s innermost layer is the endothelium. The endothelium is hydrated by aqueous fluid and keeps eyes lubricated. If this layer is damaged via infections, then corneal transplant might be needed.


Why you should use Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes, Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser, and Oculeaf Eyelid Gel to protect your Vision

Your cornea is the first layer of defence of your eyes. Gently cleaning the contour of your eyes & Eyelids daily with Oculeaf Eyelid wipes will clean the impurities as well as bacteria which can cause infections or allergy. These wipes are the best in line and most advanced product in its category. The wipes are formulated from Natural Tea Tree Oil, along with Sodium Hyaluronate, Panthenol, and Glycerin. You can use these Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes on your eyelids, eyebrows, and face every day as they are quite safe.

Similarly, use the Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser as this contains Tea Tree Oil, & Aloe barbadensis flower extract as the base and a very gentle formulation of Panthenol and Tocopherol (High vitamin E).


Keeping the eyes clean will help the cornea to function at its best, giving you the benefit of optimum vision. A regular eye care routine using Oculeaf products will take only five minutes of your time but give you a lifetime of enjoying healthy eyes!

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The most important pathological effects of pollution are indirect on Eyes & extremely harmful…

Combat effects of air pollution on eyes

Living in any metro in India has become quite challenging with a myriad of problems, including extremely high air pollution levels. Every day you glance at the newspaper and one of the first things you will see is a report on how bad the air quality was the previous day. If you reside in Delhi-NCR, you have experienced breathing problems, itchiness, headaches and other problems. Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers have fluctuated between very poor and poor, reaching extremely high levels due the burning of crop waste and post-Diwali particulate matter.

Indoor air pollution too plays a major in decreased eye health.

What are the most common pollutants?

You can choose what to eat and are able to make the right choices for the health of your family and you. But you do not have a choice to change the air that you inhale. So, you have to inhale contaminated air and face the effects of the adulterated air on skin and eyes too.

Air pollution is comprised not only of dust and bigger particulate matter, but there are many invisible, toxic substances, chemicals, as well as biological materials.

The most common pollutants which are present in the outdoor and indoor environment are:

  • Particulate matter
  • Ground level ozone
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Sulfur dioxide
  • Lead
  • Nitrogen dioxide
  • CFC
  • Hydrogen sulphate

All these pollutants cause the following health problems in people, to those who are exposed to the outdoors, the elderly, pregnant women, infants and children.

  • Asthma attacks, wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing
  • Eye problems like Stinging, Excessive tearing, Red eyes
  • Eye infections
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Dry eye syndrome
  • Respiratory infections
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Lung cancer

Air pollution and your eyes

According to a study by the Global Healing Center, an astounding amount of toxic residue, almost 40%, from burning of garbage, crop waste etc are floating around in the air. Therefore, it is no surprise that the moment we step out of our homes, we inhale this polluted air and face health problems.

Eyes, too suffer from all the dust and debris and chemical which are in the air. In fact, the high amount of carbon present in the atmosphere has led a team of innovators to manufacture black ink extracted from the air! So, you can imagine the damage your lungs and all other organs of the body faces due to greenhouse gases, including the sensitive part of the eyes exposed daily outdoors.

Your eyes may be itching, stinging, tearing, becoming red and sore, which are some short-term effects of air pollution on the eyes. This has been observed by ophthalmologists in India and China which are two countries troubled by smog. And in the long-term, eyes fall prey to the dry-eye syndrome.

Eye problems caused by air pollution

The major eye health problems which are associated with polluted air are:

  • Stinging/burning
  • Itching
  • Increased hyperemia
  • Photophobia
  • Excessive watering of eyes
  • Fluctuating vision
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Contact lens’ discomfort/intolerance
  • Tired Eyes

Chemical conjunctivitis too, is another eye problem which has been linked to high rates of air pollution, according to studies in China.

How do Carbon monoxide, Sulphur monoxide, Hydrogen sulphate, lead and CFC harm your eyes

Some studies have thrown up some data detailing the link between carbon monoxide (CO) and eyes. The eyes as well as the brain can have permanent effects including carbon monoxide poisoning when exposed to the odorless, clear gas. Retinal hemorrhage may occur if one is exposed to CO for more than 12 hours.

As for Sulphur dioxide, it irritates the mucous membranes of the body, including the eyes, throat, nose and lungs. Therefore, Sulphur dioxide in polluted air may be the reason why your eyes are irritated when you go out, as it can stick to your eyes/eyelids.

Hydrogen sulphate affects the eyeball’s anterior chamber (between the cornea and iris) which is filled with fluid. When this pollutant comes in contact with the fluid, known as aqueous humor, it causes dizziness, and in some rare cases leads to blindness.

The gas, CFC released by aerosol sprays, refrigerators and air conditioners, lead to ozone layer depletion. This causes UV rays to penetrate earth’s atmosphere and then these rays damage the skin and eyes.

Lead poisoning due to the lead emitted by consumer products such as paint, craft supplies, plumbing materials and gasoline is a big concern. Lead poisoning can affect vision too, including the development of the eyes. Studies have linked lead to decreased eye heath, including problems in vision (difficulty seeing in poor light), chronic eye irritation and blurred vision, and even cataracts in elderly people. Children are at risk too, as lead affects their eyes which are still developing and lead in the air can lead to decreased lens transparency.

Ways to protect your eyes from air pollution

  • Staying hydrated drink adequate water, eat food with antioxidants like Lutein, Vit C & E can help keeping eyes healthy.
  • Try to limit outdoor time
  • Clean every day your eyes & eyelids with Soft Eyelid Cleanser and Eyelid Wipes.
  • Protect eyes with clear, safety glasses
  • Wear sunglasses
  • Clean your contact lenses thoroughly
  • Use air purifiers and humidifiers at home

How eyelid hygiene can keep your eyes safe from air pollution

Air pollutants may stick to the eyelids, and cause blockage to the eye glands, causing eye infections like Blepharitis, Meibomian Gland Dysfunction and Dry Eye Syndrome.

The use of eyelid wipes and cleansers has not picked up in India, and in fact, the concept is very new. But using eyelid wipes like pre-moistened eyelid wipes such as Oculeaf, can help to keep your eyes hydrated, lubricated and CLEAN, from dust, debris, toxic chemicals and gases.

Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Cleansers take out/clean all the dust/debris and chemicals like CO, CFC, Sulphur monoxide, hydrogen sulphate and other invisible gases and chemicals present in polluted air. Besides Tea Tree Oil in Oculeaf Wipes & Cleanser as well cleanse germs / bacteria’s around eyes improving eyelids hygiene.

By cleaning your eyes with Eyelid Wipes and Cleansers, twice a day, every day, you and your family can be safe from the ill-effects of indoor and outdoor air pollution.


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Know the mites those causing discomforts in your eyes

Demodex is an ectoparasite. Among the many Demodex species, only D. folliculorum and D. brevis are found on the human body, including the face, cheeks, forehead, nose, and eyelids. On eyelids, D. folliculorum lives in the eyelash follicles and D. Brevis lives deep in the meibomian glands and the sebaceous glands of the lashes.

Many reports confirm that Demodex is an etiologic factor in chronic blepharitis, conjunctival inflammation, and meibomian gland dysfunction. Over 80% of patients suffering from blepharitis are reported having Demodex. Demodex is significantly related to age, ocular discomforts, tear film instability, and poor eyelid hygiene. When it has grown large in numbers, Demodex starts creating many symptoms like itching, feeling of rubbing, pain, stickiness, excessive tearing in eyes, often resulting in pain & inflammation in eyelids. It needs proper management by improving eyelid hygiene.

2% Tea Tree Oil is found to be effective in killing these mites/germs in eyelids and thereby improving overall eyelid & eye hygiene better than other conventional products. Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser contains 2% Tea Tree Oil in addition to Vitamin E and Aloe B. Panthenol & is free from alcohol, paraben, SLS-like chemicals.  Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser (a soft shampoo) brings in an effective & simple solution for daily eyelid & face cleaning besides soothing & freshening up your eyes.

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Why You Should Clean Eyelids Before Eye Surgery

It is imperative to clean your eyelids before any eye operation/surgery. Sometimes there might be some early signs of infection, such as microscopic scales which are not visible to you, but your eye surgeon spots it and asks you to follow a daily eyelid cleaning routine. Even if there is no infection, daily eye hygiene is prescribed before any eye surgery to prevent eye infections.

Why do you have to follow daily eyelid cleaning routine before surgery

Surgeons ask patients to clean eyes/eyelids before an operation to prevent any minor or major problem at the time of surgery, as infections can be transferred from your eyelids to the eye.

In a study ‘Importance of Lid Hygiene Before Ocular Surgery: Qualitative and Quantitative Analysis of Eyelid and Conjunctiva Microbiota’ by Assumpta Peral, Ph.D.,  Jose Alonso, Ph.D., Concepción García-García, Ph.D., Cristina Niño-Rueda, Ph.D., and Patricia Calvo del Bosque, M.Sc., the authors found that daily cleaning with eyelid wipes helps in undiagnosed blepharitis before any ocular surgery, and also reduces the risk of post-surgery endophthalmitis.

Ways to Clean your eyelids and enhance eye hygiene

Hot compresses

Hot compresses are usually advised by eye surgeons prior to surgery as part of eyelid cleaning routine. You can do this by soaking a clean face/cotton cloth in some warm water and apply to closed eyelids for about 10 minutes. You will feel relief and any crust/debris on the eyes will be easily removable.

Wash your eyes with Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser

One of the best ways is to wash eyelids with a gentle but extremely effective eyelid cleanser such Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser. It’s formulated with TTO or Tea Tree Oil which has been proven by many studies to be one of the best natural remedies. Along with TTO, the other ingredients in Oculeaf help to hydrating skin around eyes. It’s a product which can be used on the face too, as TTO is good for the skin.

With only two pumps of the Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser, you can wash your eyes, eyelids and entire face. Close your eyes, apply the cleanser and rinse with clean water thereafter.

Clean your eyes with Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes

After washing your eyes with Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser, the next step is to clean your eyelids with Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes’. The key ingredient of the Oculeaf Wipes is Tea Tree Oil which is a powerful and proven anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-Demodex, anti-inflammatory agent.

Precautions to take before surgery

  • Follow your doctor advice and instruction
  • Undergo tests – The surgeon will perform ultrasound test in order to measure the shape and size of the eye. This helps to determine the right lens implant for you.
  • Stop taking specific medications – You will have to stop some medications which might increase bleeding risk. Do inform your doctor about any prostrate problem medicines you may be taking.
  • Apply anti-biotic eyedrops – Your surgeon might prescribe anti-biotic eyedrops a day or two before surgery.
  • Fasting – You may have to fast approx 12 hours before operation.
  • Prepare for recovery – You have to arrange for someone to take you home and help you at home for approx a week after surgery.
  • Start wearing glasses instead of contact lenses – Soft contact lenses should be removed one week before and hard lenses should be removed 3-4 weeks before eye surgery.
  • Do not wear eye makeup pre surgery – For at least a day or two before surgery, you should stop applying eye makeup on the eyes. To be on the safe side, ensure that your face is free of moisturizers, foundations and other makeup. Makeup residue or debris can increase the risk of contracting any infection. Using pre-moistened eyelid wipes to clean your eyes will remove all traces of makeup, thus preventing any infection.

How often should you clean your eyelids before eye operation

You should clean your eyes with eyelid wipes or eyelid cleansers twice every day, two weeks prior to surgery. You might have to clean your eyelids more than twice or less, depending on the condition of your eye. However your eye doctor can advice you better please follow their instruction.

What to do is eye gets infected before surgery?

If in spite of your strict daily eyelid cleaning routine, your eyes show symptoms of infection, such as discharge, extreme itching and red and dry eyes, then you must contact your surgeon immediately. You might be prescribed medication and your surgery might have to be rescheduled.

Start a good habit

The daily eyelid cleaning routine which you start before your eye surgery should be continued after surgery too, and as eye hygiene habit for all your life. This good habit will give you rich dividends throughout your life.

With daily eyelid cleaning routine using Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser and Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes – Have Healthy Eyes and See Happy!



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