M.H.: Here is my story. It all started on a bike ride. By chance, I saw Scott Schachter, O.D., from Pismo Beach, Calif., on the ride. He told me all about demodex (it’s a long ride). When he told me he saw at least one case a day, I almost fell off my bike. Prior to this, I thought demodex was rare and like lice — was I ever wrong. With Scott’s mentoring, I got a microscope and epilated. I went through angst, because I realized I had been misdiagnosing ocular surface disease all these years. At times, I would bury my head in my hands wishing I never learned about the mite. But, it changed the way I practice and unlocked many mysteries for me, and my patients have surely benefited. Its like a veil has been lifted from my eyes. I’ll never go back to how I practiced before.
In addition, I enjoyed sending video of live, moving mites to my friends and colleagues in the early days. Just ask Kirk Smick, O.D., and Leonard Bielory, M.D., how many nightmares I caused them.