TheraTears Sterilid eyelid scrubs with tea tree oil


For those seeking an alternative to the Cliradex eyelid wipes, sterilid from thera tears might be worth considering.

The “Natural based formula” used in TheraTears Sterilid Eyelid Cleanser contains Tea Tree Oil and Linalool. We know that TTO has anti-bacterial actions and can also kill demodex mites.  Linalool is a naturally occurring terpene alcohol chemical found in many flowers and spice plants, and is also a potential irritant like tea tree oil.

An active ingredient in Sterilid derived from tea tree oil, 4-Terpeneol, is also contained in Cliradex Wipes.

The product publicity at the theratears sterilid web site says.

Soothes and Cleanses Away External Irritants

TheraTears SteriLid removes oil, debris and other contaminants that can accumulate on eyelids and eyelashes.

  • Natural based formula with Tea Tree Oil
  • Science-based lid hygiene that is easy to use
  • Regimen only takes 60 seconds

The sterilid patient information warns that SteriLid foam may cause temporary burning sensation and says that you should leave the foam in place for 60 seconds, twice per day.

TheraTears Sterilid Ingredients

Water (Aqua), PEG-80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Trideceth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, PEG-150 Distearate, Sodium Laureth-13 Carboxylate, Linalool, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Piperazinoethyl Acetate Ethylsulfonate, Boric Acid, Sodium Perborate, Panthenol, Allantoin, Cocamidopropyl PG Dimonium Chloride, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil (Tea Tree Oil), Trisodium EDTA, Etidronic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide.

Treating Ocular Rosacea

One of the steps in treating ocular rosacea symptoms is effective lid hygiene and is described as “part of a long-term maintenance program to minimize meibomian gland obstruction, improve lipid flow into the tear film and control bacterial overgrowth.” See Treating Ocular Rosacea for more information.

TheraTears Sterilid can be used as part of your eyelid cleansing routine.

Sterilid Patents

 The makers of thera tears, Akorn Consumer Health, claim that the formulation is protected by a patent owned by Advanced Vision Research;

Methods and compositions for the treatment of infection or infectious colonization of the eyelid, ocular surface, skin or ear

Specific preparations contain linalool in a final concentration of at least about 0.7%, between about 0.7% and about 1.5%, between about 0.80% and about 1.25% or about 0.90%.

The topical preparation may further contain tea tree oil. The tea tree oil may be present in a final concentration of between about 0.0125% and about 0.050%, about 0.02% and about 0.04%, or about 0.025%.

User Reviews

Paul tells us:

I recently started using TheraTears Sterilid, which is a cleanser containing Tea Tree oil. The improvement has been dramatic for me — both eyes would get extremely blurry and inflamed. Now the vision in my right is great and only the left is a bit blurry.

I am convinced Demodex has caused my Blepharitis, so my next step is to use tea tree shampoo, soap and considering using diluted tea tree for soaking my eyes.

My blepharitis has been a horrible condition for me — my eyes were so blurry that I would struggle to work in the afternoons (on a computer) and I was getting the occasional corneal ulcer and conjunctivitis. So definitely give it a go!!

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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2 Reader Comments

  1. email comment from Coleen.

    “I have used Serilid for about two years,morning and night. My opthalmologist also prescribed Prolensa drops once/day. Both help. I still have a great deal of irritation from blepharitis and have had about 11-12 laser heat treatments of the lower lid. All these help make the irritation bearable.”

  2. via email.

    “Hi David,

    Thanks so much for your emails – I am chuffed to find out about this stuff – have terribly sore eyes!! The ophthalmologist mentioned mites on my eyelids, and everything except that it was part of the rosacea!! I can’t remember the proportion of bicarb soda to water he suggested as a lid-wash, and this sounds so much easier and better, esp with the tea tree oil.


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