Cosmetics and Demodex

In part two of her series, Sarah Darbandi, MD discusses the role of cosmetics in Demodex and the importance of daily ocular hygiene.

Q:             Is there a correlation between cosmetics and Demodex?

A:              Yes. Typically what I see under the microscope is layers of dead skin, collarettes, with mascara stuck to it and eye shadow particles entrapped in the sleeves of debris on the lashes. Since some ingredients in makeup are toxic for dry eye patients who are already very sensitive, this is just one more insult to their eyelids. They typically have red, irritated eyes, and with makeup they are adding waxes and parabens that block the glands and add more inflammation.

Cosmetics and Blepharitis – A Two Part Series

In part one of a two-part series, Sarah Darbandi, MD discusses the effects of cosmetics on the eyes, particularly for patients with dry eye and blepharitis.

Q:             How are cosmetics harmful to the eyes, particularly for patients with dry eye or blepharitis?

There are many things we apply around our eyes and on our eyelids, which is the thinnest skin on our body, including cleanser, moisturizer, under eye cream, concealer, eye shadow, mascara, eyeliners and more. Many of these products contain wax (synthetic, paraffin or beeswax) as well as potentially toxic chemicals such as carcinogens and parabens. Although parabens prevent the growth of bacteria in makeup, they can be absorbed through the skin and transmitted into the bloodstream. Parabens can also make dry eye worse as they prohibit the oil glands that line the eyelid from secreting enough oil.

Five Key Facts About Bio-Tissue

As we begin the new year, we wanted to share some key facts about Bio-Tissue. As one of five companies to be profiled as “One to Watch” in the year-end issue of Advanced Ocular Care, we continue our focus to provide groundbreaking regenerative solutions to eye care practitioners and patients around the world. Here are five key facts:

A Year of New Developments

Our company implemented many key initiatives this year in our continued effort to bring innovative regenerative solutions to eye care professionals around the world. As 2016 nears the end, following are just a few of these key efforts:

Restoring Corneal Health

Earlier this spring, a 56 year-old female presented at our office for an emergency visit. Her primary symptoms were serious pain, photophobia, and a foreign body sensation in her left eye - all of which had been happening for three days. She was a new patient and stated she had a history of numerous episodes of these same symptoms however, the severity this time, specifically in the left eye, exceeded that of any previous episodes. Additionally, her medical history included heart disease and Type 1 diabetes, the latter loosely monitored of late.

Bringing Value & Affecting Change: A Representative's Role

You have all seen many industry representatives in your office and operating rooms, and I’m sure you have an opinion on what attributes define good and not-so-good salespeople. Having worked in eye care for a while now and being very passionate about what I do, I wanted to share my perspective on what I believe makes for a good representative. These attributes are what motivate me every day when I am out talking with many of you and your staff in your practices, and helping you reach your goals.

Preparing the Ocular Surface for Cataract Surgery: Q&A with Niraj Desai, MD

With the high prevalence of ocular surface disease and its affect on cataract surgery outcomes, ensuring a healthy ocular surface prior to and post cataract surgery is very important. Bio-Tissue recently spoke with Niraj Desai, MD, about his experience with preparing the ocular surface for cataract surgery.

Successfully Treating a Chemical Corneal Burn

On the date of examination, this kind 25 year old Filipino gentleman, who is a UCONN adjunct professor, presented for an emergency in reference to a chemical burn injury while helping his student with an experiment containing trifluoroacetic acid. While attempting to salvage the work, the pressure built up in the tubing and exploded into his right eye. He immediately flushed the eye under a Morgan Lens for several minutes to mitigate the acidic response. Subsequently, the infirmary contacted our office to see him on the same day to assess the status of his eye. On arrival, he wore dark sunglasses, was in tremendous pain, had light sensitivity, and his eye was sealed shut.

The Psychology of a Dry Eye Patient

In my experience taking care of patients with dry eye, there is a certain population whose success or failure with treatment, to a certain degree, hinges on how they feel about it emotionally.

As doctors, we see a problem and treat it, but then we move on with our day and our next patient. We may not always understand the albatross these patients face each day – whether it be working at their computer, driving, or performing other daily activities while their vision is blurry or their eyes are burning or tearing. From a survey perspective we appreciate the quality of life issue; but from a day-to-day misery that these patients experience, it’s hard to truly wrap our minds around this as doctors. As with anything in life, some patients handle things better than others, and unfortunately for some dry eye patients the potential for failure of treatment can be perpetuated by the emotional burden they carry.

The Dangers of Beauty Treatments

We all know using makeup, and particularly not removing it at night, can have a huge impact on eye health and lead to or worsen conditions such as blepharitis, Demodex and also dry eye. As such, it’s becoming increasingly important to discuss cosmetics and ocular hygiene with our patients. A recent case also highlights the dangers of beauty procedures, which are becoming increasingly popular, in this case eye lash tinting.