American ophthalmologists set the record straight on what should probably have been fairly self-evident to begin with.
The American Academy of Ophthalmology has released a statement warning people against shaving the inside of their eyelids. Though a practice in traditional Chinese medicine, it recently saw a resurgence in popularity after street barber Xiong Gaowu was recorded performing this on a consenting customer.
While it is important to keep your eyelids clean, as blockages in the tiny pores located on them can cause dry eyes and vision problems, doctors stress that scraping them with a straight razor is not the recommended or ideal way to do this. “…in the street with a non-eyecare professional is not something we recommend,” said the Academy’s clinical spokesperson Anat Galor, MD.
Having your eyelids shaved like this can lead to a whole host of problems, first and foremost being the risk of being cut. If this were to happen, aside from the obvious issue of having a bleeding wound over your eye, any injury on the eyelid could be in serious risk of infection, either from un-sterilized razors or from bacteria brought from other sources. Additionally, the risk of injuring the eye itself is quite high during this procedure.
If your eyes feel too dry and you’re concerned about the cleanliness of your lids, Dr. Galor has a few simple recommendations. Wash your eyelids with warm water and baby shampoo and rest with a warm compress across your eyes. As always, if you suspect there to be a major medical problem or can’t find satisfactory results at home, it’s always a good idea to contact a doctor or other eye-care professional as soon as possible.