Demodex Blepharitis

Know more about Blepharitis, Causes and managing Eyelid Hygiene.

1. What is Cylindrical Dandruff?

Debris generated from the mites accumulates at the root of the lashes and is clinically observed as a gelatinous cylindrical ‘sleeve’ or cylindrical dandruff(CD) at the base of the eyelash, which are pathognomonic for mite infestation.

2. What are the symptoms of eyelash mites?

Blepharitis. This is eyelid inflammation that consists of crusty, swollen, reddened, burning, and itchy eyelids. Severe infestation of the mites can lead to eye and skin infection. Your doctor will probably ignore the presence of the mites unless there are definite symptoms that you are suffering from.

3. What is Demodex blepharitis?

Demodex Blepharitis can be divided anatomically into anterior and posterior blepharitis. The former refers to the infestation of eyelashes and follicles by D. folliculorum, clustering to the root of the lashes, whereas the latter involves infestation of the meibomian gland preferentially by D. brevis.

4. What causes eyelash mites?

Demodex mites are small, eight-legged bugs that live in the pores of our facial skin. They can cause a lot of pain and discomfort, such as itching, redness, burning. Demodex mites have been linked to some cases of blepharitis, or eyelid inflammation.

5. Can you see Demodex mites?

Demodex brevis is a kind of mite found on humans. D. brevis is so small that you can’t see the mites with a naked eye. In fact, the average mite is only 0.15 to 0.2 mm long. They only cause noticeable reactions and problems in people if the mites exist in large quantities.

6. How to get rid of eyelash mites?

Use Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser wash your Eyes & face. You must use it twice daily.

Use Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes to clean your eyes 2 times a day for 2-3 months

7. How do you use Oculeaf Cleanser & Wipes for eyelash mites?

Twice a day in the morning and night, put some of the cleansers in your hand and rub your eyelids, eye contour area and face, then wash your face with clean water.

Oculeaf wipes are most effective in improving the Hygiene of Eyelids and Eyelashes, and convenient to use anywhere any place.

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Do you suffer either of Dry Eyes, Blepharitis MGD, Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and Demodex Infestation?

The skin around the eyes or the eye contour is the most sensitive part of the eye, as well as the body. Your ‘windows to the world’ are exposed directly to the external environment. You have to protect your eyes from the dust, pollution, exudation, oil, allergens, debris, bacteria & demodex with regular eye hygiene. Establishing a regular eyecare routine with Oculeaf eyelid Wipes will keep your eyes clean and prevent infections, such as Blepharitis, Dry Eye, MGD, CVS etc.

Why daily eye cleaning routine with Oculeaf is a must

  • Manage and prevent Blepharitis- Regular cleaning with Oculeaf prevents Blepharitis, which leads to dry eye syndrome. TTO (Tea tree Oil) has been scientifically proven to be the best natural care for Blepharitis. When there is an accumulation of dead or dry skin on your eyelid, it causes itching, red eyes and swollen lids. You also feel that there is something in your eyes even though there isn’t! Does this sound familiar – if so, you are suffering from Blepharitis which can be easily prevented by using eyelid wipes formulated with tea tree oil.
  • Helps to prevent and manage Demodex infestation- Unknown to you, dust mites known as Demodex mites reside on the eyelids and eyebrows, which causes infections. These pesky mites can be cleaned by Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes, which are so gentle that you can use them every day.
  • Saves from dry eye and computer vision syndrome- Dry eyes and computer vision syndrome are two extremely common eye problems which are due to staring at computer screens all day. Similarly, conditions like Meibomitis, MGD, and a host of other eye diseases/infections can be easily prevented/managed by wiping the eyes with Oculeaf wipes.

Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes are better remedy to prevent and manage eye diseases/disorders

You have to be very gentle while cleaning your eyes, as the skin surrounding your eyes is the thinnest in the body. It is a contradiction because your eyes, though soft and sensitive, are also quite tough.

Features of Oculeaf eyelid wipes

  • Pre-moistened with tea tree oil –So why should you use Oculeaf eyelid wipes? Well, because it is formulated using Tea Tree Oil (TTO)as one of the main ingredients. According to a study by Hyun Koo, Tae Hyung Kim, Kyoung Woo Kim, Sung Wook Wee, Yeoun Sook Chun and Jae Chan Kim, cleaning the eyes with Tea Tree Oil based scrubs/wipes managed Demodex infestation and improved subjective ocular discomforts. In fact, there are many studies which have revealed that TTO is one of the best natural killers of bacteria and mites, from the eyes and face.
  • Free from Alcohol, Parabens, Fragrance & SLS – Oculeaf Eyelid wipes are free from all harmful chemicals, making it safest for daily use. It removes eye exudates, dust, mites and bacteria.
  • Contains natural moisturizer which hydrates and lubricates – The natural moisturizers and TTO are anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal which keeps eyes hydrated and lubricated and protects from infections.
  • Enables smooth removal of eye makeup and eyelash extension use- You can use Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes to remove makeup easily as well as clean the eyes after removing eyelash extensions. Eye makeup if not removed completely can lead to eye infection. Eyelash extensions have latex/glue which if not removed completely may cause eyelashes to fall out.

How to use Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes

Step 1: Wash your hands and tightly close your eyes

Step 2: Gently clean your eyelids with a pre-moistened wipe from the center to the corner of your eyes. Repeat for the other eye contour too.

Step 3: Clean your face with Oculeaf wipes to remove and Demodex mites from cheeks.

Step 4: Do not rinse.

Use Oculeaf eyelid wipes twice a day for best results. Oculeaf is available in box containing 12 and 24 wipes’ pre-moistened wipes, which you can carry around easily. Get instant relief from your dry eyes or eye irritation by wiping your eyelids, eyebrows and face with Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes.

For more information, visit, and in case of severe problem do visit your ophthalmologist.

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“Demodex mites” cause itching, discomfort, & blurring in eyes – you can get rid of them effectively now….

Are your eyes red, watering and itching? You may feel there is something stuck in your eyes, have sticky discharge and inflammation. You are facing constant discomfort, even though you may have reduced your work on the screen and resting your eyes. Or, you may suddenly be facing an outbreak of acne and there is just no explanation for the ugly outbursts on your face. The reason could be Demodex mites – these are microscopic mites which reside on your body, mainly in the eyelids, face, forehead and nose.
These mites might have made a comfortable home in your eyelashes/eyes, completely unknown to you. They also crawl out at nighttime and run amok over your face, causing pimples, and other skin problems such as rosacea. So how did these mites get inside your eyes and how do you get rid of them?

How do Demodex mites get inside the eyes?
You’d be surprised to know that most people on the planet already have Demodex mites on the body, especially on the eyelash follicles and meibomian glands. Sometimes, Demodex spreads through the dust particles which contain the eggs of Demodex. The ectoparasites or eight legged bugs can be controlled with regular eye hygiene.

When these mites, which feed on dead skin cells, multiply, they cause immense discomfort, and have been found to be the contributing factor in aggravating eye diseases/disorders such as conjunctivitis, blepharitis etc. Out of 62 species of Demodex mites, only two species are found on us – the Demodex folliculorum, and the Demodex brevis.

Is Demodex contagious?
As these mites have the capacity to spread through contact, they are contagious. So if anyone in your family has been found to have eye problems because of Demodex, then ideally the whole family should be checked and started on a daily eyelid cleaning regime. You should also wash the sheets, towels, pillow covers etc in hot water to get rid of any larvae.

You should also never share any eye makeup with anyone. Demodex mites can spread through eyelash brushes, mascara, eye liner as well as other cosmetics or cosmetic tools which are used on the eyelashes.

What is the life cycle of Demodex mites?
Demodex mites’ life cycle is between 2-3 weeks. A female mite lays up to 20 eggs in one single eyelash follicle. These eggs turn into a mite. Adult male mites leave the eyelash follicle to look for a mate, and walk approx 10 mm/hour, tending to be much more active in darkness. Adult females remain in the follicle.

Signs of Demodex infestation
Apart from inflammation, itching, tearing of the eyes, burning sensation, blurred vision and matted eyelashes, a sign of Demodex is cylindrical dandruff on the lashes, which is visible under a microscope. This dandruff is one of the common signs of Demodex. The dandruff is considered to be produced when the Demodex mites’ claws scrape around in the eyelash follicles.

Another tell-tale sign of Demodex is that the lashes are very brittle. You may have eyebrow itching too, in the mornings, foreign body sensation which seems to originate underneath the lids. Also, Demodex occurrence has been found to increase with age, i.e. the older you get the more chances you have of developing a Demodex infestation.

How to manage Demodex infestation?
Demodex can be controlled/managed with maintaining eye hygiene with Tea Tree oil (TTO) based eyelid wipes & eyelid cleanser. Oculeaf Eyelid Wipes and Oculeaf Soft Eyelid Cleanser with 2% TTO are very effective in reducing/killing these mites to improve eye hygiene. These are supported additionally with vitamin E, Aloe B. Panthenol, thus provide shooting & comfort. Oculeaf wipes & cleanser are safe as these don’t contain any SLS, parabens and alcohol. These products are recommended as they are soft and gentle on the lashes and skin of the face.

Tea Tree Oil (TTO) is considered to the best to combat Demodex as it has an ingredient terpinen-4-ol. Many studies have proven the efficacy of TTO to manage Demodex infestation, prevent laying of eggs, destroy larvae, and get relief. Besides, a daily eyelash cleaning regime will keep you and your family safe from other eye infections as well.

How to prevent Demodex infestation?
Once your doctor diagnoses you as having Demodex infestation, then you have to follow his advice and take the medication and other precautions. Wash the face twice every day, cleaning your eye area, and if you use eye makeup, throw out all the earlier eye makeup and brushes. Do not share from others and do not share your makeup with others.

When you have excessive watering of the eyes, itching of eyebrows and eyes, red eyes, eye pain, aggravated eczema or rosacea– it is time to visit your doctor. Otherwise, Demodex has been known to cause red eye, dry eye and other infections. Control the mites embedded in the eyes with a healthy eye cleansing routine and regain eye health.

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