Red, Irritated Eyes? There Mite be a Problem7:00 AM
Forgive me for the title, but I couldn't help myself. Nothing is trending bigger in the world of eyecare than the surprisingly high incidence of Demodex mite infestation in the lids and lash follicles of a reported 84% of patients age 60 and over. If your eyes are persistently dry, irritated, and inflamed along your eyelid margins, there is a good chance you may have Demodex m
ites compounding the problem.
|Demodex mites are less than 1 mm in size and live|
along your eyelids and lashes via
|This picture may seem harmless, but the cylindrical collarette|
shown is a classic appearance of Demodex presence. You
won't be able to see the mites in the mirror, and your doctor
won't see them either because they live inside the gland or
hair follicle! via
Because of the multitude of studies demonstrating the role of Demodex in persistent blepharitis and dry eye, your doctor is looking for Demodex infestation much more actively than in years past when it was considered more rare. Classic Demodex eyelid appearance has cylindrical build-up along the base of the eyelashes. Remember, your doctor won't be able to see the mite on the surface of the skin because the mites live inside the glands. To tease them out, the doctor can gently rotate a lash in a circular motion to trick the mite into leaving the gland (see video below). Trying to pluck the lash out is not really recommended because it may cause the mite to burrow deeper.
How Do We Treat It?
|Cliradex wipes can be purchased at your doctor's office to decimate a Demodex infestation via|
The real take home here? Everyone, please take thirty seconds a day and clean your eyelids and lashes. Daily maintenance can help prevent a bigger problem. If you have dryness, itching, burning, redness, irritation, or flaky skin along your lashes, you need to be doing daily lid cleansing. And when normal skin care isn't enough, doctors around the country are increasingly more aware of how to find these common Demodex mite infestations, and knock them out with a more targeted approach with great products like Cliradex.