In the operating room, before surgery, doctors use a form of lid hygiene using a strong antibacterial
soap as part of a regimen to reduce the risk of a post-operative infection inside the eye known as "endophthalmitis."
|Blepharitis (an inflammation of the eyelid) and dry eye are characterized by bacterial overgrowth on the lids. These bacteria are central to the etiology of blepharitis and exacerbate dry eye. Also, punctal plugs that are helpful in treating dry eye become colonized by bacteria. In addition, the bacteria on the eyelid can cause eye infections in anyone, including the eye infection seen after eye surgery or eye injections called “endophthalmitis.”
While daily lid hygiene is important for everyone, and especially important for patients with these conditions, patients have had to make do with diluted mixtures of baby shampoo or soap-pads designed to remove eye makeup.
Linalool, a key ingredient in SteriLid, is a naturally-occurring liquid distilled from plant oils with wide use in personal care products based on its pleasant floral scent. It is found in many flowers and spice plants, as well as in tea tree oil. Linalool has been formulated into SteriLid to create a “gentle-on-the-eye” eyelid cleanser that cleanses yet, with its pH-matched-to-skin formula, helps maintain the skin oils that have antibacterial properties, and provide the skin with a natural defense.
Pumped onto and then applied directly with clean fingertips, SteriLid conditions the delicate eyelid skin while providing effective lid hygiene with comfort and convenience.