The Ocular Surface Case Series is a quarterly video segment featuring experts in the area of ocular surface disease who discuss recent studies and their clinical experience. Christopher E. Starr, MD, FACS, of Weill Cornell Medical College in New York moderates this series and shares his pearls for treating the ocular surface.

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DEMODEX

by Derek Cunningham OD, Scott Schachter, OD, Walter Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO

Derek Cunningham, OD, of Dell Laser Consultants in Austin, Texas, and Walter Whitley, OD, MBA, of Virginia Eye Consultants in Norfolk, Virginia, discuss the role of Demodex in the etiology of blepharitis. As the series hosts point out, there is debate regarding how commonly Demodex is a factor in blepharitis cases, which has implications for how frequently eye care providers should be looking for infestations. Then, Dr. Whitley interviews Scott Schachter, OD, of Advanced Eyecare in Pismo Beach, California, about tips for diagnosing Demodex, common clinical presentations, how to educate patients, and treatment options. As Dr. Schachter points out, the goal of treatment is to reduce the population of Demodex in patients' eyes, because complete eradication is not possible.