Demodex

Looking back at 2016
Looking back at 2016Before the new year gets too far along, let’s take a brief look at the happenings in the pages of Optometry Times during 2016.
The role of lid hygiene in ocular surface disease
The role of lid hygiene in ocular surface diseaseThe ocular surface encompasses not only the cornea, but the all-important supporting conjunctiva that is divided into the bulbar, limbal, palpebral, forneaceal, and marginal zones.
Help prevent demodex’s chronic lid and lash problems
Help prevent demodex’s chronic lid and lash problemsAsking your patients to spend a few minutes a day brings big benefits
Demodex update: 4 things you need to knowDr. Scott Schachter discusses four updates to demodex blepharitis, from diagnosis to management
Understanding and defining MGDThe Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society’s Meibomian Gland Workshop was tasked to sort through the literature to determine proper terminology of conditions affecting the lid margin. Review the terminology, gland anatomy, gland expression classifications, and treatment strategies.
4 steps to beating blepharitisBlepharitis is an inflammatory condition of the eyelids leading to red, irritated, itchy, and dandruff-like scales that form on the eyelashes.
What’s all the craze about demodex?
What’s all the craze about demodex?While many eyecare practitioners (ECPs) are just now learning about Demodex infestation of the eyelids and adnexa, the fact is that this condition has been around for as long as mankind. The entomologists Johannsen and Riley from Cornell University first described the species in detail anatomically as early as 1915, but it wasn’t until the 1960s that clinical reports of demodex-related blepharitis began to emerge in the literature.
Exploring ocular demodicosis in chronic blepharitisBy knowing the signs and symptoms of Demodex, ophthalmologists can better diagnose and offer treatments for blepharitis.
Parasites and inflammation fuel rosaceaResearch suggests colonization of demodex relates to immune activation of the skin, and certain individuals show genetic predisposition to rosacea. Greater disease understanding may offer insight into therapeutic approaches.
Tea tree oil proposed for blepharitisThough there is scant research to guide treatment, tea tree oil shampoo might successfully improve some cases of blepharitis, according to two physicians at the Eye Unit, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, United Kingdom.