Demodex mites – or eyelash mites – are a typical cause of various skin, hair, and eye problems. This article discusses the ocular difficulties caused by Demodex mite and offers a new solution to help people with eye mites treatment. Stay with Ungex
“The mites sit head down, tails up, with the tails aligned along the lash at the root….Often there is columnar dandruff or cylindrical cuffing. If you rock the lash from side to side and pull, you’ll see the tails spread out along the base of the lash like little bristles. When you pull the lash, often the mites stay in the follicle, and you have to dip the lash back down into the follicle to get some of the mites onto the lash for evaluation.”
Dr. Safran in eyeworld
What you read is Dr. Safran’s real observation of eyelash mites with a slit lamp; something, most individuals, cannot believe until they see it: “Until you show them the mites moving under the microscope. When they see that, they’re ready to listen.” said Dr. Safran.
Let’s talk a little more about eyelash mites and go through their lives before discussing eye mites treatment.
What Are Eye mites?
For newcomers, eye mite, or Demodex mite, is a microscopic parasite commonly found on our skin, less common in children and more common in the elderly.
Fortunately, being microscopic prevents us from seeing them in the mirror every day. However, when their symptoms’ voices get loud, you notice their presence; when it is too late to debarment.
Demodex does not look like dirt on the skin that you can remove by washing; they live on the skin, attach themselves to the lashes’ bases, grow and reproduce. Thus, the fact is they live on you rent-free!
They are like crowded tenants that you can hardly kick them out.
Types of Demodex
There are actually 65 types of Demodex, but what we know as eyelash mites are of two kinds: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis. The only Demodex mites are inhabiting the human body.
These two types of mites usually live separately as a group. They are in the skin’s pores:
Demodex folliculorum is mainly in the follicles, and Demodex Brevis in the sebaceous glands. They feed primarily to skin oils.
As our eyelashes protrude from the pores of the skin, our eyelids are a cozy inhabitant for Demodex to live.
Let’s see what harm Demodex mites do to their eyes and discuss eye mites treatment.
Eye Mites Complications
Although Demodex eye infection may be asymptomatic, some clinical problems are associated with a large number of Demodex:
- Meibomian gland dysfunction
- Conjunctival inflammation
In addition to the above, other refractory eye problems can also be caused by Demodex:
“In any type of ocular inflammation where the condition is refractory, doctors need to consider Demodex as a causative agent” Said Tseng, M.D., director of the Ocular Surface Center and medical director, Ocular Surface Research & Education Foundation at TissueTech, Miami
Eye Mites and Blepharitis
Studies have shown that people with blepharitis may get Demodex 2.5 times more than others. This significant correlation could indicate the role of eye mites in this ocular complication. Also, Demodex treatment usually improves the blepharitis symptoms.
Blepharitis is a common type of eyelid inflammation that simultaneously affects both eyelids, is challenging to treat, and frequently recur. Symptoms include:
- Wet eyes
- Red eyes
- Eyes burning sensation
- Oily-look eyelid
- Itchy eyelids
- Swelling and redness of the eyes and eyelids
- Cylindrical dandruff at the base of the lashes
- Sticky eyelids
- Frequent blinking
- Sensitivity to light
- Abnormal growth of eyelashes (eyelashes misdirection)
- Eyelashes falling
Blepharitis is divided into anterior and posterior categories, in both of which the role of eye mite is recognized.
Want to know more about the role of eye mite in blepharitis? Read this article
Eye Mites and Meibomian Gland Dysfunction
Meibomian glands are kinds of oil glands that are located within the eyelids. Several of these glands are in both the upper and lower eyelids, and their ducts terminate at the edge of them, where eyelashes grow. Meibomian glands are different from the sebaceous glands, which are presented in all pores of our skin, including the base of the eyelashes.
These glands secrete a kind of oil that mixes tears to cover the surface of the eye. If this grease is absent or low in secretion, the aqueous layer of tear evaporates quickly, and the eyes dry out.
Thus, the most prevalent complication in meibomian gland disorders is dry eye, burning, irritation, foreign body sensation, and redness in the eyelid and conjunctiva.
Demodex – especially Demodex brevis – can block the ducts of the gland and prevent oil from escaping. Also, the inflammatory agents they secrete and the bacteria they carry can cause inflammation, leading to vents closure.
Treating Demodex may help to solve this dysfunction.
Eye Mites and Keratitis
Inflammation of the cornea or keratitis is an inflammation of the surface layer of the eye, the cornea. This condition is usually accompanied by pain and blurred vision.
The superficial type affects only the external layers of the cornea, while the interstitial type involves the deep layers.
Keratitis may be caused by viral or microbial infections, ischemia, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, tear flow problems, trauma and exposure of the cornea to air, and irritants.
As mentioned, Demodex can cause dry eyes by disrupting the meibomian glands. They also contain harmful microbes that can affect the cornea. The inflammatory substances secreted by them are a matter.
Eye Mites and Chalazion
A chalazion is a small bump on the edge or near the edge of the eyelid under the skin caused by obstruction of the outlet duct of the oil glands.
A chalazion may be inflamed at first, causing pain and redness that resembles sty; after a while, the pain and redness subside, and a swollen mass remains.
The size of this bulge is not fixed and may gradually get bigger or smaller. Sometimes, chalazion appears only as a prominent mass and is not accompanied by pain and redness.
As mentioned above, Demodex can block the oil glands’ duct. So it is not surprising that it plays a role in causing chalazion.
Eye Mites and Conjunctivitis
The conjunctiva is a thin, transparent membrane that covers the whites of the eyes (sclera) and the inner surface of the eyelids.
Conjunctivitis is an inflammation of this membrane that occurs due to infection or non-infection issues. The most common non-infectious reason is seasonal allergies, and the infectious types are bacterial and viral.
The Demodex mite can cause conjunctival swellings through its harmful bacteria. Eye mite treatment is a way to treat this eye problem.
How Doctors Treat Eye mites?
Ophthalmologists use a variety of combined methods for eye mites treatment:
- Eye scrubs
- Topical ointments to trap mites so that they could not move and reproduce
- Antibiotics to kill the harmful bacteria carried on the mite
- Tea tree oil
- Observe personal hygiene
“The tea tree oil is probably not the last word on killing [Demodex], but it’s better than anything else we have right now.”
Old Demodex treatments, while helpful, can hardly eradicate them:
- Using tea tree oil in high concentration and for a long time – which is necessary to kill all generations of Demodex – causes dry skin and reduces its resistance to pathogens.
- Although antibiotics kill bacteria, they do not affect their carrier, Demodex.
- Scrubs can only remove superficial Demodex mites, while most of them and their eggs remain under the skin.
However, to get rid of eye mites, you need a comprehensive strategy along with a noble product.
New Solution for an Old Cause: Ungex Products
Ungex is an Australian company with the mission of solving Demodex mites-based problems.
In 2012, we received the ‘Best Invention Award’ at the Malaysia Technology Expo for our novel solution in solving Demodex mites-related issues.
Our products are a wonderful combination of natural and herbal ingredients that kill Demodex and neutralize bacteria and other harmful substances in the body.
Ungex products destroy Demodex on the skin, as well as environmental surfaces and fabrics, thus preventing them from transmitting to others.
These compounds can be used on all parts of the body and help solve all the complications related to Demodex mite. Demodex eye problems, skin and hair difficulties – and in general, all Demodex side effects disappear by eliminating this parasite, and that’s what Ungex does.
In addition to products, Ungex has a comprehensive protocol that helps you control all aspects of your life that affect the growth and reproduction of mites.
Using Ungex products for an appropriate time and following its particular protocol is one of the best favors you can do to yourself to get rid of eyelash mite.
Ungex products, although harsh with mites, are gentle on your skin and, unlike tea tree oil, are safe for long-term use for helping eye mites treatment