OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Eyelid Cleansers
The root cause of anterior blepharitis is the overproduction of oils, and eyelid hygiene is one of the mainstays in the management of blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, demodex infestation and other lid margin related diseases. Mild surfactants in OCuSOFT® Lid Scrub® Eyelid Cleansers act to dissolve and remove oil, debris and desquamated skin. OCuSOFT Lid Scrub Original Formula is a mild surfactant formulation and is intended for continuous daily eyelid hygiene and make-up removal. OCuSOFT Lid Scrub PLUS and OCuSOFT Lid Scrub PLUS PLATINUM Eyelid Cleansers contain surfactants plus a moisturizer and preservative blend that effectively removes seven different strains of bacteria commonly found on the eyelids. Both offer unique leave-on formulas, so there is no need for rinsing. OCuSOFT Lid Scrub PLUS PLATINUM also contains PSG-2™ that mimics the natural lipid layer of the outer epidermis for increased moisturizing throughout the day. PSG-2 has also been reported to have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Hypochlorous Acid for Severe Eyelid Treatment
The role of hypochlorous acid in eyecare is not for continuous everyday eyelid cleansing, but instead it is used as an adjunct to OCuSOFT Lid Scrub cleansers in severe cases only. Only in such severe cases might hypochlorous acid (OCuSOFT® HypoChlor™) be beneficial. In such cases, a Combination Therapy including both a surfactant cleanser and hypochlorous acid is recommended to achieve optimum results. OCuSOFT® HypoChlor™ Gel is ideal in these cases since it can be applied and left on overnight in order to expedite healing. In addition, OCuSOFT HypoChlor is non-irritating to the eye and was tested for use directly in the eye (although all hypochlorous acid products are intended for use on the eyelid rather than in the actual eye itself) and received a “O” perfect non-irritating score.
Debridement claims made by hypochlorous acid products are due to their spray projectile packaging rather than strength of the concentration. No hypochlorous acid formulations on the market contain any surfactants to remove oil from the eyelids. Most expert ophthalmologists and optometrists agree that the surfactant components of existing eyelid cleansers are necessary to remove excessive oil, debris and desquamated skin from the eyelids. Since OCuSOFT Lid Scrub PLUS contains anti-bacterial properties, in cases of bacterial blepharitis, it will effectively treat most patients.
Hypochlorous Acid OTC vs. Rx Claims
Hypochlorous acid can be marketed as either a prescription (Rx) or an over-the-counter (OTC) product, and the Rx vs. OTC argument relies on the claims that can be made of the product as contrasted with ingredient concentration. More specific claims can be made if the product is marketed as an Rx and more general claims for products marketed as OTC. OCuSOFT HypoChlor Solution and Gel are both marketed as OTC and contain 0.02% hypochlorous acid. Other company brands are available at lower strengths than HypoChlor, yet one may be Rx and another may be OTC.