WET ONES WET WIPE WASH FOR BLEPH

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WET WIPE WASH

I am amazed that in this current world of technological and medical excellence, when we can send mankind to different planets, build robotic beings, conceive babies in test tubes and rebuild body parts, we cannot resolve such a simple issue as my 6 years old chronic dry eye /bleph condition.  More amazing that it takes a cheap soggy well known wipe to actually do the job.  Who needs progress!

Longer story shorter - I am under Specialist/Eye Hospital eventually diagnosed Chronic Dry Eye/Bleph/floppy eyelid sydrome/over production of tears (quantity not quality), being told it would be life long issue and nothing could be done apart from heat pads/baby shampoo eye wash as a vigorous health routine!.  I have constant soreness, pain, redeye, red skin, swollen lids, watering, loss of eyelashes with misdirectional growth and I have spent a fortune purchasing almost all lotions and potions from chemists and online in an attempt to try to help with the discomfort. I have had to do my own lengthy research on the internet to resolve this, as doctors have done nothing to help (shame on them). They presbribed the usual over the counter cheap comfort drops.  

So it was with great interest and surprise that I read about Wet Ones wipes.  This is end of week one and I have followed the "Wet Wipe Wash" and am happy and amazed to say that there is an improvement.  This is the first week in 5 years that I have had a very low level of pain and less watering, and I would say that for a while during the day I did not have to focus on it, which in itself is rare, as this has been a constant unwanted companion.  I usually daily use eye drops about every 15 minutes to try for relief, and bottles that should last 2 months are gone in days, but I have used them sparingly since starting this routine.  I also do one wash a day with a mix pea sized spot of baby shampoo/200mls approx water and 1 drop of pure tea tree oil, wipe it along eyelashes with cotton tip.

I am now hopeful for the future, even though I have a long way to go, that I can get on top of it and stop the pain and hopefully my eyelashes will grow back.  All in all a big heartfelt thank you to everybody who has written their story, which is helping all of us to acquire healthy, pain free eyes once again.  Never thought it would happen.   I will follow up on my journey......

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    Your writing/turn of phrase was most enjoyable to read. I too have been helped by Wet Ones and I too was given the same advice. My eyelashes have grown back and some of them are misdirectional, but glad to have them back.

    thanks for sharing your story!

     

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      Great that your eyelashes grew back.  Did it take a while for that to happen?  How amazing that these wipes work so well, when the few things the doctors mentioned did nothing.
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      Yes it took several months for lashes to grow back.

      i should add that I use Dr Bonner”s pure Castile soap with tea tree for hand washings and once daily lash wash. I also changed to Trader Joe’s tea tree face cleaners.

       

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    Good morning Colhoo. Sounds like you are getting a good result, from your wet ones wipes. Thanks for keeping us updated on your daily routine, l just wondered, do you also have blocked glands? MGD. About a year ago, l did try the wet ones for about a week. Perhaps l should have given them more time to work. Look forward to hearing how you progress. Hope your relief continues. x
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      Hello Mary - I was investigated for blocked glands and never confirmed it, all they told me was to do the hot compresses to soften things and then the eyelid wash, so really unsure, but I personally do not think I do.  

      I started with dry eyes which progressed to chronic state - I over produce tears, which always seems silly when you say dry eyes, but naturally when there is a problem with our eyes nature just throws water at it to protect eyes. My tears spilled over as they could not drain away quick enough causing soreness and cracking around eye skin. Tubes probed in and out but no blocked ducts. Years on and still they do not know what causes this.  

      I am only just over a week into this regime, but I am so determined to carry on - I have to as I want to resolve this issue, and reading all the other stories, it does take about 3 months +, so I just have to be patient and carry on.  Do give it a go for a few months.  It is difficult to do this when you feel nothing is happening, but I am very hopeful having read so many positive comments.  What have we got to lose apart from Bleph?.   Best wishes and hope you also get some relief.

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      Hello again - just read your story. Sorry to hear you have suffered so much with this.  I cannot believe more information is not given on this condition.   What is Lipoflow?  Is it similar to Blephex?.

      How amazing it would be if these cheap wipes could rid the world of Bleph - those people operating the expensive procedures would not be too happy!  

        x

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      Hi Colhoo. Thanks for your update. Blepfex cleans your eyelash lines, like a scrub. Lipoflow is an american invention, l think its fairly new. It is z machine which clamps your eyes, and squeezes to unblock the eye glands. It is expensive (approx £1500) sounds uncomfortable, but it isnt. I am afraid l have not particularly had a great result, but l had to give it a try. Next for me will be the wet ones again. I will post any changes that happen, especially, if they are good. Good luck to you. x

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    My daughter suffers with this, what wet wipes are they? Where can you purchase them?
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      Hello - "Wet Ones (Original)" are the wipes that everyone is raving about.  I am in UK they are blue packet ones (red in the USA).  I got mine at Sainsburys, £1 small pack, but most supermarkets have them.  I did what others said to do and cut the packet into strips about 1" wide, as they go further and you do not need a large full size wipe for the job.  I wipe it across lashes a few times, and wipe under also on the lashline - not actually going into my eyes.  Give it a go and keep me posted on your daughter's progress.  Any information out there is good for everyone, as there is very little info coming from medical people. Regards.

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      Yes they are like baby wipes, same thing, but they must be "Wet Ones (Original)" as they contain the antibacterial compound Benzalkonium Chloride - Blepharitis is caused by Staphylococcus and this is what kills it off over time.  

      Wet Ones Be Fresh Original 12 Antibacterial Wipes are the original ones, but I did buy the Wet Ones 'Be Gentle' fragrance free with aloe vera for first two days as that was all I could get, and then saw the blue packs.  If you are a bit sensitive to the blue pack, then the sensitive ones may suit better - luckily they are both good for me.  These in most supermarkets tend not to be with the baby stuff, but near the toilet rolls - I add this as I spent ages in Sainsburys with staff sending me all over and then when I had given up hope, found them.

      Let me know how you get on and I hope they give you some relief.   x  Col

       

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      Thanks colhoo - they are for my daughter - she is 11 and suffered for years. Are they safe to use on eyes? She used Blephasol which we find quite good but she still gets flare ups!
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      There is a warning on the pack saying "Avoid contact with eyes or sore and broken skin.  If contact with eyes occurs, rinse thoroughly with water."

      I am not medically trained or in anyway advising use of anything to anybody else.  All I can say is that I, like many others, were happy to give them a go, after reading so many forums where people had had such good response to them.  I had such pain in general that I decided it was worth a try.  

      I was sceptical at first as I was unsure whether I would be allergic or not, so what I did the first time I just wiped over my eyes along the lashline and left it for a day, by which time I would have known had I been allergic.  Luckily not and I am very careful to only wipe them over the across lashes too and fro and carefully wipe underneath on the lashline only.  If they are cut into small sections then they are easy to wrap around finger and control on the lashes.  

      If she does try them then do not rinse off as it take 5 mins for the product to start to kill off the bacteria.  I am doing about 2/3 times a day and still a long way to go, but never had such a lower level of pain and discomfort than I now have so it seems to be working.

      I also use the tea tree/water/baby shampoo/mix wipe over with cotton bud again on lashline only, but I read that the tea tree has to be pure and a tiny drop only has to be used as it is very strong, hence the reason for the mix with baby shampoo and a good few hundred mls  of water- the only thing that medical people think to recommend is the baby shampoo wash which I have done for years and in fact, never found it any good and I seemed to get dry uncomfortable skin around my eyes with that.

      Anyway, will stop wittering on and say that whatever you choose to do I really hope she can get it under control. Poor girl, I totally sympathise with her x  Col

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      If it was me I'd defintley give it a try, but as she's only young a bit concerned.something to try for the future for sure. She's had it since she was 5 and suffered terribly.

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    I am sure a pharmaceutical "cure" will come along -- probably using the same active ingredient in Wet Ones -- but it will probably be ridiculously expensive and available only by prescription! Good luck on your journey, and thank goodness for these web sites committed to helping each other. Wet Ones has been a life saver for me.

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      You are right that it would be expensive if they find a cure - however, most of us who suffer badly with this would be willing to pay - apart from having to re-mortgage!!!
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