There are three types of people that need Cliradex: Those who are interested in preventative eyelid hygiene, those who have mild to moderate eye irritation that will clear up with short term use, and those who are managing more severe or chronic eye issue. For each category, there is a different protocol for the use of Cliradex.
Cliradex is the doctor recommended eyelid and facial cleanser. Cliradex is a next-generation wipe or foam cleanser for lashes and eyelids but can be used on the face as well. The best part is that Cliradex cleanses without any harmful chemicals and is derived from key components of Melaleuca alternifolia, a species of tea tree.
Cliradex formulation has been studied extensively around the world and demonstrated numerous eye and skin health benefits. It is preservative-free and natural, 100% vegan and gluten-free for safe and soothing results.
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “hygiene means conditions and practices that serve to promote or preserve health. Hygeia was the daughter of the Greek god of medicine, Asclepius, and like her sister, Panaceia, she followed her father into medicine, but was specifically charged with the prevention of illness and the promotion of health.” (Source). Hygiene thus focuses on the routines that we undertake to prevent disease, infection, and illness.
This includes washing hands, brushing teeth, and cleaning eyes, and eyelids.
Daily eyelid hygiene will help reducing many eye disorders that arise because of the buildup of dirt, bacteria, and parasites. It will also help to keep tear ducts and meibomian glands from becoming clogged. Many of the disorders that are hygiene preventable are quite uncomfortable and cause significant irritation. However, left untreated they “can also lead to more serious, sight-threatening conditions.
Blepharitis, for example, can lead to conjunctivitis and permanent lid margin changes, such as meibomian gland dropout, marginal keratitis, corneal neovascularization, and cicatricial lid changes. Blepharitis is also a risk factor for endophthalmitis after cataract surgery… Reducing blepharitis, and consequently tear film insufficiency, would reduce the bacterial colonization of the ocular surface that can result in postoperative ocular infections.” (Source).
Good hygiene will also prevent outbreaks of demodex mites that cause eye disorders such as demodex blepharitis.
Note that preventative hygiene may also be directed by your doctor if you are preparing for eye surgery.
To assure good preventative hygiene measures, use Cliradex daily, along with warm compresses and eyelid massages. On top of this take regular trips to have your eyes examined by an eye care professional.
Dealing with Mild-to-Moderate Eye Irritation
If you develop dry eye, a stye, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, or other eye issues that cause symptoms like lid-margin swelling, eyelid irritation, burning, redness, puffy eyes, discharge, itchiness, or watery eyes, it is time to actively treat your symptoms. There are two components of treatment that are important. The first wave of symptoms includes episodic irritation, which could lead to developing blepharitis. The first is to verify with your eye doctor what exactly the source of the irritation or infection is and whether it is contagious or not. The second is to follow your doctor’s instructions on what steps you need to take and to begin using Cliradex.
When you start a Cliradex routine to help relieve an irritation or eye infection your eye doctor will likely explain to you that you can expect to feel a cool, refreshing, menthol sensation. Some people will also feel a slight sting, which is totally normal and should dissipate within a few minutes. If you get the product in your eye you can irrigate it with water or a saline solution to alleviate any discomfort. Your doctor may ask you to photograph your eye as an initial baseline and then weekly to track the improvement of symptoms over time and to follow up after a month. Most patients will be instructed to use Cliradex once a day for 6-8 weeks if the symptoms are mild to moderate and twice a day for 6-8 weeks for moderate to severe symptoms. (Source).
Following healing, you may want to consider adopting your interventional daily eye care routine as a permanent eye hygiene routine.
Dealing with Chronic Eye Irritation
Many disorders for which doctors will have you use eyelid cleansers, like Cliradex, are chronic. For moderate-to-severe symptoms, even chronic, physicians may prescribe anti-inflammatories or steroids in addition to level 1 treatment. This means that your doctor will prescribe or order ongoing daily treatment, or cleansing, of your eyelids to prevent further issues and associated complications. Cleansing will become a necessary daily routine that will eventually help your eyes to look and feel better. (Source).
Doctors sometimes refer to Cliradex as an eyelid scrub, rather than a cleanser. The whole purpose with chronic issues is to remove the debris, oil, and tissue that builds up around the eyelashes and to decrease the amount of bacteria found on the eyelids. (Source). Having clean eyelids and eyelashes can help your eye work the way that it is designed to work. This, in addition to the deep cleaning properties of 4-terpineol, will help you to have healthy eyes and eyelids.