Traditionally we haven’t had many great options for treating stubborn conditions that affect the eyelid and ocular surface such as blepharitis and rosacea. During my training, we would recommend baby shampoo as a cleanser which would be quite irritating to the ocular surface and really didn’t get to the crux of the problem, leaving some patients with continual symptoms such as itchiness and irritation.
Luckily today, we have other options for patients that are much more effective. One such option that has become a ‘go to’ in my practice is Cliradex®. It’s different from traditional treatments due to its effectiveness and ability to get to the core of the problem. Additionally, its active ingredient of 4-Terpineol, a constituent of tea tree oil, safely and effectively cleans the lashes, eyelids, and skin without the toxicity of natural tee tree oil.
And for those patients with rosacea, demodex and blepharitis, it gets to the main source of the problem, mites, and kills them. I’ve seen this from plucking the lashes prior to treatment and looking at them under a microscope, then re-evaluating the lashes after a course of treatment, and truly see the problem resolved. My patients are clearly seeing results, and within weeks. This is a huge relief for many patients, some of whom have tried many treatments without success.
We also don’t really know if every patient who has demodex is symptomatic. In my practice I’ve found that a large percentage of patients with rosacea who don’t respond to traditional treatment, have demodex. By treating them with Cliradex with 4-Terpineol, their symptoms improve.
Additionally, in perioperative patients, the health of the eyelids and lashes is very important, as they can be a breeding ground for infection. A patient undergoing cataract or refractive surgery can be at great risk for infectious keratitis or even endophthalmitis. In perioperative patients with bacteria and inflammation present, I’m quite aggressive in starting treatment right away to get to the problem and prevent future issues.
Our goal as doctors is always to get to the “crux of the problem” and not just treat the surface layers of an issue. When that opportunity is presented, it’s very powerful, and can cause quite a paradigm shift in the way we treat patients. For me, Cliradex offers that type of paradigm shift. It’s truly exciting to be able to tell my patients about this treatment option available to them.
Download our tea tree oil infographic to learn more about how Cliradex is made and the process of isolating 4-Terpineol and preserving its integrity.
Neda Shamie, MD specializes in diseases related to the cornea, anterior segment and ocular surface. She is in practice at Advanced Vision Care in Los Angeles, California and is an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor at the USC Eye Institute.