HYGIENIC PROCEDURES IN DRY EYE SYNDROME
EFFICACY OF PHYSIOTHERAPY AND HYGIENIC PROCEDURES IN TREATMENT OF ADULTS AND CHILDREN WITH CHRONIC BLEPHARITIS AND DRY EYE SYNDROME
110 patients aged from 3 to 42 years old were examined to estimate the efficacy of chronic blepharitis treatment: 50 patients with chronic blepharitis and dry eye syndrome (DES), 28 with DES due to computer vision syndrome and 32 with isolated chronic blepharitis. All patients received eyelid massage. If the secretion was too thick and difficult to evacuate from meibomian glands then duct probing was performed. In addition a complex of hygienic procedures was performed using phytoproducts («Geltec-Medika», Russia): blepharoshampoo, blepharolotion, blepharogel 1 and 2. Moist warm pads (with blepharolotion and calendula extraction) were applied on the eyelids in 25 patients.
Massage and probing of meibomian gland ducts and hygienic procedures were showed to be effective in management of clinical signs of chronic blepharitis including coexisting DES. Moist warm pads improve efficacy of background therapy in patients with meibomian gland hypofunction and have no effect in blepharitis with excessive meibomian gland secretion. Eyelid hygiene was showed to be effective in adults and children as well including infants.
ANTIOXIDATION PROPERTIES OF CALENDULA
- Flavonoids and Carotenoids: Calendula contains various flavonoids and carotenoids, which are natural pigments with potent antioxidant activity. These compounds, including quercetin, lutein, and beta-carotene, help scavenge free radicals and neutralize their harmful effects.
- Scavenging Free Radicals: Free radicals are unstable molecules that can cause oxidative stress in the body, leading to cellular damage and various health problems. The antioxidant compounds in calendula help neutralize free radicals by donating electrons, thereby preventing or minimizing oxidative stress.
- Protection against Aging: Oxidative stress is one of the factors contributing to premature aging and the formation of wrinkles. By combating free radicals, calendula’s antioxidants help protect the skin from oxidative damage, promoting a youthful appearance and maintaining skin elasticity