Bicarbonate of Soda instead of baby shampoo for cleaning

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Hi all,  Not sure if I've mentioned how much better my eyes are now since 

changing to bicarbonate of soda instead of baby shampoo.  It has been several weeks even months since I changed and they have been so so much better although not 100%.  Differences I have noticed no more grittiness which used to drive me mad.  Less sore and minimal crusting flaking.  I use about 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon dissolved in half a beaker of cooled boiled water.  After hot compresses I use cotton buds to thoroughly clean rims and around eyelashes and then use a cotton wool pad dipped in the solution over the whole eye lid.  I still have light senstivity but have always had that for years although not so bad now and not helped by 2 cataract surgeries in 2 years.  I have not tried using 

eye make up again or though I would love to as I still have to use eye drops for dry eyes during the day.  It is worth a try to anyone finding shampoo stings or is too harsh.  Good luck let me know if anyone finds

this a part solution to their symptoms.

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    Thank you libralady13, that is useful to know.  I use a mild handwash at the moment, with hot compresses and that suits my eyes.  I don''t use makeup anymore.

    My Consultant told me not to use creams near my eyes because they clog the glands and cause problems.

    You will find that you have photophobia because your new lenses no longer have the filter that your natural lenses had, to filter the sunlight.

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      Hello Glad you have found something that works for you.  With regard to the photophobia I have always had to wear sunglasses in bright sunlight probably from my 40's I began to notice it.  It is definitely better than it was, time after the surgeries and general improvement in blepharitis, has helped the photophobia.  I keep mentioning it every time attend the eye hospital clinic, so at least it is being checked.

      Good luck to you. 

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      Sorry did not explain myself very well.  I have had both blepharitis and photophia for years.  Both got worse over last few years (not helped by surgeries).  Now I have the bleph under control the photophia has improved, so yes I did realise that the bleph can cause the photophobia.

      The reason I tell the eye hospital is because photophobia is common after cataract removal.  With my left eye the light sensitivity was bad for a few months but not too bad now.  The right one there was a problem with the op so is is taking longer to settle.  I also have mild glaucoma in one eye and high pressure in the right although but they have decided not to treat it at the moment I will find out in November if I have to go onto eye drops, which cause sore eyes in those without blepharitis so

      don't really look forward to it but if If I have to I have to.  Was on them after the surgeries and was really glad to come off them and the steroids.   All the best to you.

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