Blepharitis refers to a dry eye disease caused by inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis often displays redness, irritation, itchiness, and dandruff-like scales across the eyelashes. One of the most common causes of blepharitis is Demodex.
What is Demodex? Tiny mites that live in the hair follicle is called Demodex.
Demodex, when unaddressed or poorly treated, can spread across the facial skin wherever sebaceous glands secrete oil, such as the nose, cheek,s and even forehead.
The usage of baby shampoos, special ointments, and even at-home lid scrubs rarely (if at all) kDemodex demodex mites.
As Demodex blepharitis continues and the population of Demodex mites increase, this can result in skin conditions such as rosacea and acne.
Some eye doctors rely on medication or tea tree oil to address demodex blepharitis, but incorporating a Blephex treatment to do a thorough scrub of the eyelids also provides adequate relief and neutralizes the demodex mites.
Patients who may suffer from Demodex Mites:
- Nearly half of all eye related surgeries (especially refractive surgeries) results in some ocular surface disease
- History of Dry Eye symptoms
- Age: Nearly all patients over the age of 70 carry demodex mites.
For more information about providing your patients (or yourself) a solution for Demodex Blepharitis, consult with our practice today about Blephex and other dry eye treatments.