“What do you mean there are microscopic BUGS living in my eyelashes?!” Yes, this is more or less what I said to my eye doctor after he examined my eyelashes more closely under a microscope. He then explained that I had what was called ocular demodicosis, tiny microscopic mites that live inside hair follicles, mainly eyelashes. Sort of like lice but on your eyelashes, gross right?! Scary fact is most everyone has a small percentage of these mites or demodex living in their hair follicles, it’s only when they become larger in number and become an infestation that it causes potential problems with your eye health. Cue total freak out! Ironically many women are spending fistfuls of cash on expensive eyelash extensions, fillers, makeup and skin care when the real culprit of eyelash loss can be a number of health issues including demodex infestations.
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Now first thing I have to disclose is that I am NOT a doctor! (Stating the obvious but you know, disclosure and all) Please for the love of all things eye health related, go see an eye specialist if you believe you may be suffering from any eye irregularities. Don’t just take my word for it in other words. Also in the spirit of disclosure, this is a sponsored post with Cliradex so you may find affiliate links throughout this post that help pay maintain my self-employed business but in no way increase your cost. All opinions are my own of course, because frankly, who else would claim them besides me?
Make your eye health a priority
If the above image hasn’t totally grossed you out than I hope your take away from this is to take good care of your eyes. I have been using Cliradex for two full months and I noticed a significant difference in the way my eyes felt after using it. My left eye had been crusty, itchy and felt like there was something inside it all the time. It was making it hard to even do my work at my computer as I could barely focus! Even driving was starting to become difficult. My lower eyelid was showing signs of swelling and redness and I woke up every morning with crust on my eyelids.
If you look closely on my ‘before’ pic above you’ll see little sores that had formed under my lower eyelash. It was extremely frustrating to say the least and I never want it to get this bad ever again! I noticed a difference even in the first week of using Cliradex too! The only drawback I had when using the wipes are that it’s fairly concentrated and if I got it too close to my eyes it burned like a son of a gun! So keep some soothing eye-drops handy just in case you don’t have a steady hand. Follow the directions for how to use it properly to make sure you get the best results in the shortest amount of time. You’ll be glad you stuck with it when the results are having your eyes feel normal again. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it feels to have my eyes back to normal again! The veins in my left eye will likely always be overly red due to wearing contacts too long in my youth, but the symptoms I was having was so much worse than simply red eye syndrome and I can feel the difference now since treating them.
The pic below is courtesy of Cliradex and NOT a photo of my eye thank heavens!
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Symptoms of ocular demodicosis:
Now you may be thinking to yourself, “How will I know if I have these little buggers?” There are certain symptoms to be aware of but you need to be diagnosed for sure to know. You’ll want to see either an Ophthalmologist or at the least an Optometrist (not an Optician as they won’t be able to diagnose this problem). If you’re unsure what specialist to visit, consult with your insurance company and/or eye care provider.
- Your eyes are dry, red and itchy
- You experience a gritty or burning sensation in or near your eyes
- You have flaking skin near your eyelids or lash line
- Your eyelids are crusty
- Your eyes are sensitive to light
- Your eyelashes are falling out
- You have rosacea break outs
Treatment of ocular demodicosis:
I trust Cliradex because it’s one of the only commercially available products that contains 4-Terpineol or Terpinin-4 an important ingredient found in Tea Tree Oil. Cliradex is specifically formulated for eye care health and many problems associated with lid-margin disease.
Prevention and Maintenance of ocular demodicosis
It’s not enough to just get rid of these annoying buggars, you have to also do everything you can to prevent them from returning, much like a lice infestation in your home. Fun right? You’ll need to do the following to insure they don’t return:
- Wash all sheets and pillowcases in hot water
- Throw away your old makeup and makeup brushes and do not use any makeup for the first week of treatment or until infestation clears up.
- Wash your face with the Cliradex light and continue daily treatment once the main treatment has ended per your doctor’s suggestion.
- Wash hair with tea tree shampoo as well
- Check your spouse, if needs treatment as well, follow through with treatment.
Share your thoughts
Have you ever experienced issues like this with your eyes? Let me know your thoughts and if you have any questions or comments please add them below.
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