The tiniest occurrence of dirt or debris can cause irritation. We don’t need to cover all of those small reasons why your eyes can begin showing symptoms of irritation. We do, however, want to have a frank discussion with you about the two main reasons that you may be experiencing ocular surface irritation, and those are:
Blepharitis (blef-uh-RYE-tis) is inflammation of the eyelids. Blepharitis usually involves the part of the eyelid where the eyelashes grow and affects both upper and lower eyelids, according to the Mayo Clinic. It commonly occurs when tiny oil glands located near the base of the eyelashes become clogged. This leads to irritated and red eyes. Several diseases and conditions can cause blepharitis. Blepharitis is often a chronic condition that is difficult to treat. Irritated eyelids can be uncomfortable and may be unsightly. But, it usually doesn’t cause permanent damage to your eyesight, and it’s not contagious.
Demodex, a genus of tiny parasitic mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals, are among the smallest of arthropods with two species (Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis) typically found on humans. Infestation with Demodex is common, according to the National Institutes of Health. Studies show that conventional treatment methods are not effective in killing Demodex mites.
Demodex mites – which causes severe blepharitis and symptoms such as severe redness, twisted eyelashes and even loss of eyelashes – can be killed by Tea Tree Oil (TTO) and 4-Terpineol, the most important component of TTO (1).
Cliradex Can Help!
- Cliradex towelettes are formulated with T4O, ideal for moderate-to-severe stubborn ocular hygiene conditions.
- Cliradex Light is an advanced foaming cleanser ideal for preventative care, everyday ocular hygiene and mild-to-moderate ocular irritation.
In cases of Demodex infestation, Cliradex towelettes followed by consistent and ongoing use of Cliradex Light (our 1-2 combo approach) helps clean the eyes and remove debris associated with Demodex.