If you’re suffering from chronic eyelid inflammation caused by bacterial buildup or Demodex mites, there’s finally an answer for the pain and frustration. Experienced eye doctors Sylwia Szewczyk, OD, and Małgorzata Zolnierzow, OD, at Ideal Family Eye Care, LTD Sylwia Szewczyk, OD & Associates in Chicago, use a state-of-the-art treatment called BlephEx® to clean your lids and alleviate your symptoms. Click the online scheduler or call the Jefferson Park office to make your appointment today.

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Demodex Treatment Q & A

What are Demodex mites?

Demodex mites are microscopic parasites that burrow into your eyelids, often living at the base of your eyelashes. For such small creatures, Demodex mites can cause some major problems.

Demodex mites are a leading cause of blepharitis, a condition that causes chronic eyelid inflammation. Sometimes, dry eye syndrome may also be caused by Demodex mites. The mites can consume your eye’s natural oils and block your tear glands to prevent you from making the natural healthy tear film that you need.

Demodex mites can thrive when your eyelid hygiene isn’t good. However, many patients of all ages struggle with eyelid hygiene since it’s such a delicate area, and this can make nearly anyone vulnerable to Demodex mites.

What are the symptoms of Demodex mites?

Some of the symptoms that you may experience if you have Demodex mites infesting your eyelids include:

  • Changing eyelid color
  • Scales
  • Dry eyes
  • Itchy eyes
  • Redness in and around your eyes
  • Grainy feeling in your eyes

These symptoms may sometimes extend beyond your eyes and onto other parts of your face, too.

How does the eye doctor find Demodex mites in my eyelids?

Demodex mites are so tiny that they can only be seen during an eye exam under high magnification. Your Ideal Family Eye Care doctor examines your lashes and lids with a microscope to confirm a Demodex mites diagnosis.

What is the best treatment for Demodex mites?

Ideal Family Eye Care uses the newest and most effective treatment for Demodex mites available today: BlephEx. The BlephEx treatment relieves blepharitis, dry eyes, and other problems caused by Demodex mites. BlephEx is a fast, painless, and easy in-office procedure.

During a BlephEx treatment, your Ideal Family Eye Care eye doctor thoroughly cleans your eyelid margins, removing Demodex mites along with biofilm and bacterial toxins. Many patients say that their eyes feel lighter and cleaner immediately after BlephEx treatment.

To stay symptom-free, your Ideal Family Eye Care provider usually recommends maintenance BlephEx treatments every four months.

Need a solution for blepharitis, dry eyes, or other Demodex mite problems? Ideal Family Eye Care can help.

Please call us today at (773) 774-2200 to schedule an appointment.