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    using vasoline and having anterior blepharitis? is this safe or making it worse???

    ok. so i have read online that its good to use vasoline with blepharitis andthen i have read it contributes to it more.. yikes..
    i usually use vasoline beneath my eyes ( not up to the lash line) and above on my top lids where they are dried out from my
    daily warm compresses--it really seems to help moisturize more than any eye cream... i haven't worn eyemakeup since my
    blepharitis has been out of control...

    does anybody have any advise on this? do you use vasoline with blepharitis and is it safe? what have your doctors told you?/ problem is i have had dif docs tell me dif things... I also read not to use Lacrilube if you have blepharitis even tho it is for dry eye!!! this is overwhelming.. I would love to hear some other's experiences with this.. If i cant use vasoline and regular eye cream isnt cuting the dryness what do you suggest to use for the dry skin without causing a blepharitis flare up??? thanks!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jenny2008 View Post
    ok. so i have read online that its good to use vasoline with blepharitis andthen i have read it contributes to it more.. yikes..
    i usually use vasoline beneath my eyes ( not up to the lash line) and above on my top lids where they are dried out from my
    daily warm compresses--it really seems to help moisturize more than any eye cream... i haven't worn eyemakeup since my
    blepharitis has been out of control...

    does anybody have any advise on this? do you use vasoline with blepharitis and is it safe? what have your doctors told you?/ problem is i have had dif docs tell me dif things... I also read not to use Lacrilube if you have blepharitis even tho it is for dry eye!!! this is overwhelming.. I would love to hear some other's experiences with this.. If i cant use vasoline and regular eye cream isnt cuting the dryness what do you suggest to use for the dry skin without causing a blepharitis flare up??? thanks!!!
    I also use aqauphor under my eyes but not on the lash line. my doc said it is ok. I think u can not put anything close to the lash line. I think the bleph is worst than cancer because i can not control it.

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    is vasoline a sterile product?

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    I regularly put Lacrilube on my eyelids, in fact I buy it mostly for that purpose. I don't really understand how it could be a bad idea. It really helps me, as it deeply moisturises my eyelids without irritating my eyes.

    I know Vaseline is a similar product, but I can't bring myself to put it under my eyes as I have it in my head that it'll give me spots. But I'll slather Lacrilube on. Plus Lacrilube is sterile. Also, is Lacrilube travels up from under my eye into my eye, then there isn't an issue. I'd be hesitant putting a non-opthalmic ointment near my eyes.
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    Vaseline

    Remember that Vaseline is the brand name: it's claimed to be from the German word for water, Wasser (pronounced Vasser), and the Greek word for oil, elaion, but this is only anecdotal. If it's a generic brand of petroleum jelly, then standards might vary.

    Years ago, when my eyes were `normal', I used to use petroleum jelly on the lashes to improve their appearance- it made them look a bit glossier but I'm not convinced it actually improved the condition.

    Nowadays, my eyes cannot tolerate anything that contains petrolatum in it - so I would never but Vaseline (or a generic brand) near my eyes, just in case.

    I find castor oil more to be OK near the eyelashes.

    Vaseline is pretty versatile though and I still buy it:

    http://www.frugallyminded.com/health...s-of-vaseline/

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    Irish.. where do you get the castor oil? do you use this in place of eyecreams?? thanks!
    Jenny

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    no to petrolatum, no to lacrilube, no to mineral oil, yes to castor oil

    Quote Originally Posted by jenny2008 View Post
    Irish.. where do you get the castor oil? do you use this in place of eyecreams?? thanks!
    I discovered the CASTOR OIL treatment for my dry eye and blepharitis one year ago. I found a site (I have the info, but have to copy it at end of this message/response)
    I use COLD PROCESSED/COLD PRESSED CASTOR OIL, the brand is HOME HEALTH CASTOR OIL, and it can be purchased from Amazon.
    I use a cotton swab that is tight, no hairs. I squeeze a dot of Genteal Gel from its tube on back of my hand, then I dip the cotton swab into the bottle of Home Health Castor Oil, mix it with the Genteal, dab a dot on each eye lid, then swipe the swab along the upper lashes, liberally. The Genteal cuts the Castor Oil blurry effect beautifully.
    I bought a dark prescription bottle with the rubber squeeze thingee to bring along with me, with the swabs in a sandwich plastic bag, and a tiny Genteal gel tube for times when I am away from house.
    At night I add the following to the two above, either Refresh PM because it has fifty fifty mineral oil to petrolatum and that is what I liberally swab on to my eyes, then use the Quartz mask for the evening. I use the some saran type cling to wrap around each eye cup so I don't have to constantly clean goop off the Quartz.
    Another way I try to handle my dry eye is: Lovaza Omega capsules, two in am, two at night, Borage Oil gel caps in afternoon, L-CARNOSINE capsules because they are the magic caps to take internally for the eyes (and used in Life Extension Brite eyes, but not enough is in those applicators, and L CARNOSINE is best used as something you swallow. Loads of FLAXSEED MEAL with my breakfast, AND, liquid extract EYEBRIGHT, twenty drops in my tea or with water in AM and in PM.

    Let me look for the place I found the info on CASTOR OIL.
    HERE IT IS:
    Castor Oil Treatment for Dry Eyes



    Castor oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the castor seed. There are many uses of castor oil, from soap- and shampoo-making, as an ingredient in candy and flavorings, constipation relief, inflammation treatment, and even labor induction. Castor oil can also be effective in treating dry eyes.
    Causes of Dry Eyes
    1. Dry eyes are the most common eye condition. Dry eyes are very uncomfortable and, if left untreated, can cause damage to the cornea of the eyes. The culprit of most dry-eye issues is allergies. As we age, tear production slows, which can lead to chronic dry eye, as there is not enough lubrication in the eye. Inflammation around the eyelids, known as Blepharitis, can also cause dry eyes. The environment, such as harsh winds and blinding sun, can suck moisture out of the eyes.
    Treat Dry Eyes With Castor Oil
    2. Many commercial eye drops contain castor oil. It is possible to forgo the purchase of eye drops and rely solely on castor oil. Castor oil alone may treat dry eyes better than the marketed eye drops. Purchase a clean dropper, wash it thoroughly with soapy water, and rinse well. Suck 100-percent pure castor oil into the clean dropper. Administer one drop of oil into each eye. Repeat this three times a day or as needed. There is no evidence that this method cures dry eyes; it may only be useful for short-term relief.

    Castor oil can be effective in treating Blepharitis. The castor oil not only moisturizes the eyes, but reduces the inflammation around the eyelids. Dip your ring finger into castor oil and dap the oil around the eyelids where it is red and inflamed. The castor oil will soothe the eye and reduce the swelling and redness.
    Are Castor Oil Eye Drops Safe?
    3. One-hundred-percent pure castor oil will not cause damage to the eye. Talk to your doctor before using castor oil to treat any symptoms. Consider trying both pure castor oil and regular eye drops to see which one works best for you.
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    I'm so happy I was curious about the subject area of Vasoline because someone finally mentioned Castor Oil, BUT IT MUST BE THE FOLLOWING BRAND and is available via Amazon. The bottle is big, which is why I pour enough into another bottle small enough so as to keep the large bottle from going bad (I wish I knew whether one could put the bigger bottle into the freezer)

    I began the above concoction when my eye doctor, Dr. Podell, told me he was at a loss about how to help my truly awful dry eye syndrome. He had given me Restasis, and it works in its own way. And then the doc said that the carrying element of Restasis was the medicine within a layer of castor oil, and I investigated and came up with the above.

    I guess I talked too much. But this works. The swabs I have are made by MARKET SPA, DOUBLE ENDED COTTON APPLICATORS, (I don't use the pointy end) I purchase these from Waldbaum's Grocery. I know that doctors do carry excellent swabs that don't have the cotton hairs hanging.

    Let me know if all this info helps anybody out there.
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    thank you so much!! i really appreciate you taking the time to give me such a great response and suggestions! I am going to my opthamologist tomorrow and plan on asking him about castor oil!! If he says I can try I plan on ordering the one you suggested! thanks again!!!
    Jenny

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    Jenny

    No, I don't use castor oil in place of eye creams; at present I'm using a light, unperfumed eye cream from the Simple skin care range.

    I smear castor oil along the lid margins although it tends to get everywhere else!

    It's certainly worth a try because it's reatively inexpensive and you could always use it on your skin if it didn't help your eyes.

    A Sri Lankan lady told me about using castor oil on my eyes. Back home, she said people used it in a variety of ways (household, beauty, medicinal) and she was surprised to find this was not the case when she came to the UK.

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    Castor oil - home health cold pressed/cold processed

    Quote Originally Posted by jenny2008 View Post
    thank you so much!! i really appreciate you taking the time to give me such a great response and suggestions! I am going to my opthamologist tomorrow and plan on asking him about castor oil!! If he says I can try I plan on ordering the one you suggested! thanks again!!!
    The company that sells this directly is VITAMIN CENTER, here on Long Island (its sister company manufactures this castor oil), telephone number 1-866-646-8576. you can order 2 oz size (when they are in stock), or the 8 oz. size, rather than the large 16oz bottles. They are now selling buy two get three free, (I think that's what the rep said). If you only open one, the remainder retain their integrity. But remember that during the day you should mix one dot of Genteal Gel in the tube (not the drops) with one drop of the castor oil on back of hand (cleaned) with the swab. (that way your eyes won't be blurry) At night add a dot of Refresh or CVS brand nighttime ointment 50% mineral oil and 50% petrolatum. It's the best proportion nightime ointment.

    Blink a lot. From Safety Glasses you can get wrap around cheap glasses so air conditioning, heat in winter, and wind won't dry your eyes further.

    have a visionary year

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    We are all different so it is important to find what works for you and of course listen to your doctor which is hard I do know when you see a few and get a range of thoughts.
    For me I have blepheritis but used to have it worse where my doctor said it was one of the worst cases he saw. The more I do with my eyes in terms of meds,touching,putting things on it the worse they became. Now I even limit the preservative free drops and scrubs. I am not sure for myself if it was just irritating things or actually spreading infection. I hope your apt goes well

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    I have used vasaline for years

    Hi Jenny
    your post caught my attention --
    I have been using vasaline on my outer lids at night for years
    I use chloramphenical ointment every night after eyelid hygiene on my lid margins then put a liberal amount of vasaline on the outer lids This keeps me going all night and well into the morning

    I could not manage without the vasaline
    I think it must prevent evaporation through the lids but it certainly works for me

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    thanks! my doc acted as if it were safe to use vasoline.. i have been using erythroymycin ointment (which has petroleum in it) when my eye margins get super dry -on the outside.. i think vasoline is safe to use onthe lids as well. thanks for responding.!
    Jenny

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