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How Do You Know If You Have Mites Living In Your Eyelashes?

Eyelash Mites...

If we have mites in our lashes, will the doctor tell us during an eye exam? I have what I would call clogged pores on my upper lashes, or the root of the lashes.

You would not be able to see mites because they are so tiny. They are electron microscopic. Even on a regular microscope you can’t really see them. We can see signs of them. What we see are what we call little colorets. It’s the eggs burrowing in. The mites live in the follicle and we can sometimes pluck an eyelash and put it under a microscope that is even more magnified than the one that we have in the exam room and you can see them there. Or you can just see their eggs. That is what we usually see is a typical kind of a cylindrical waxy looking, eggy, nest looking in your eyelashes and that is when we know to treat it.  

If somebody has an eyelash issue we are just going to treat it anyway and we use our soap for that. The Heyedrate Tea Tree Soap has 3.9% tea tree oil in it. When you are rubbing it on your eyelid it is going to help and it makes an unpleasant environment for those Demodex mites. They will be gone in 2 seconds and tea tree oil also kills the Demodex mites. Then on top of that, we use Heyedrate Lid and Lash Cleanser to keep the eyelids clean. What the Demodex eat are your oils, your skin, your excess skin, and bacteria. If you keep that area clean you are less likely to have that problem. 

Basically, your doctor probably is not able to see them with the original equipment that we normally use in an everyday eye exam. Unless, they were actually plucking your eyelashes and putting those under a digital microscope. There is really no way to see them because these mites are so tiny. It is likely that they did not see the direct mites but they could see what we were talking about earlier. Unfortunately, the fact of the matter is, you need a doctor who stays up to speed of what’s going on and quite honestly most doctors don't. It is kind of sad. I would say 50% of people out there that are doctoring are just not staying up to date. They are just doing it, to do it. It’s scary. Things I look for when I pick a doctor is making sure their website is updated. I make sure there are good Google reviews. If I walk into their office and the carpets run down, or the front desk staff is rude, I would walk right out because you can tell they don't care. If they are not paying attention to their office environment and how it looks then how are they going to pay attention to you. That is just my opinion. Take it as you will.  

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