The Effectiveness of Lid Cleansers in Eradicating Demodex


Demodex blepharitis: White arrows denote cylindrical dandruff at the base of the lashes, while the black arrows show live Demodex mites under 100X magnificationKabat A. 1

Demodex associated blepharitis is extremely prevalent, particularly among older individuals. While virtually all of us have some Demodex mites, symptoms may start to appear when the population reaches a critical mass and there are more organisms living in the tissue. Many patients will present with non-specific ocular irritation including burning of the eyes, itchy eyelids, redness, swelling, and debris on their lashes.

New Resource to Educate Consumers About Blepharitis, Demodex and Other Lid Margin Diseases

We are pleased to announce our newly revamped website to help educate patients and build awareness about eye health and wellness, particularly related to blepharitis, Demodex, dry eye, ocular rosacea and other lid margin diseases.

The website also provides you and your staff access to clinical and product information about Cliradex, our preservative-free, all-natural lid, lash, and facial cleanser. Cliradex isolates 4-Terpineol, the most important ingredient in tea tree oil, that is clinically-proven to safely and effectively clean the skin and eradicate Demodex mites.

Blepharitis – Signs and Symptoms, Treatments and Practice Management

In part two of his two part series, Dr. Schachter discusses the signs and symptoms of blepharitis, treatments, and practice management. View part one, Blepharitis - Overview and Prevalence.

Blepharitis, like many ocular surface diseases, is a condition where signs and symptoms don't always match. Therefore, it is often overlooked. The reason for this may be that blepharitis is a chronic, progressive condition. In our practice, we screen for the disease and treat it early. If you let it progress it will be harder to treat.

Lid Wipes or Lid Scrubs?

When treating ocular surface diseases such as dry eye, blepharitis, meibomian gland dysfunction, and Demodex, there are various approaches and treatment options based on the patient’s condition. Many of these approaches such as lid scrubs and lid wipes not only treat the condition, but also help to prevent it from worsening by adhering to good lid hygiene. However, it is important to understand the differences between the two and when/for what condition each should be used.

Blepharitis – Overview and Prevalence

In part one of a two part series, Dr. Schachter discusses the prevalence of blepharitis and the opportunity this presents for eyecare providers.

Blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation, is a very common, chronic condition that presents in our practices every day. In the US, blepharitis affects approximately 80 million patients each year. In a study done in my practice, we found around 25 of 100 consecutive patients had blepharitis.