Common symptoms in people that need dry eye treatment include early morning itchiness, loss of eyelashes, and dry, scaly, red, swollen eyelids. The source of these experiences are due to bacteria buildup, debris, scruff, and tiny microscopic mites that reside in our facial hair follicles.
Fortunately with the right lid hygiene these symptoms can be relieved and lead to long term healthier and younger looking eyelids. 90% of dry eye comes from the eyelids, so maintaining good lid hygiene and stimulating oil gland production from the eyelids are the key processes for healthy feeling eyes. While this may be shocking to you, Demodex mites are eight-legged 0.3-0.4 mm long arachnids that live in the pores of our facial skin. They feed on oils from our hair follicles, live in said follicles, lay eggs and have a life cycle of around 2 weeks. People with oily skin, wear a lot of makeup and have poor lid hygiene are more susceptible to demodex, but these mites in some degree reside in everyone.
These demodex mites can cause eye irritation and dry, scaly looking eyelids by carrying unwanted bacteria and can trigger host immune reactions. The best way to handle this is through daily lid-wipes that are formulated with natural ingredients to smother and exterminate them. Blephadex wipes have a patented blend of tea tree and coconut oils that cleanse and soothe irritated, dry, and matted eyelids and lashes. These will not only moisturize the eye, but get rid of excess bacteria can reduce eyelid inflammation.
At Bear Creek Eye Care Optometry we are able to provide our patients with the highest quality medical services such as these in the Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Menifee, Lake Elsinore, and Canyon Lake areas. At our location you will find in office ocular surface dry eye treatment such as moisture chamber eye masks and Blephadex cleansing lid scrubs. We also offer complete in office therapy for moderate to severe dry eye and are happy to provide you with these resources at the time of your eye exam.