Eye Mites Spread From Pets To Humans Can Cause Complications If Not TreatedMillions of people may be suffering from an eye infestation they’ve acquired from their pets. Demodex Mites, also known as eye mites, are small little creatures that live and breed on the oily parts of your body. They can be transferred from pet-to-human and even human-to-human contact.
Scientists recognize this spider-like/worm-like creature as a cause for long-lasting eyelid inflammation. Dr. Herskovich is one optometrist who has seen many of these eyelash critters in pet owners. From CBS News:
These little mites, Demodex, are found everywhere so they are without question on floors. So we will step on these mites – transfer them from one location to another. And as far as pet owners, as I have seen in my experience, pet owners tend to have more Demodex in their eyes than non-pet owners although it’s totally possible to not have contact with pets and still get these.Ted Scouten is one of Dr. Herskovich’s patients that he recently diagnosed with the mite infestation along the base of his eyelashes.
“I had never heard of eye mites, so when he said eye mites it was just really gross, so yeah I freaked out a little bit, but then when he explained that there are a lot of people who have these, and a lot of people who own pets get them,” Scouten said.Like the doctor said, Demodex Mites are everywhere. Most people who have them do not show any symptoms of eye inflammation. However, just like any allergen, some people may be more sensitive to them than others.
To avoid any eye complications, make sure always to wash your hands after playing with your pet. If you start noticing dry eyes, buy some tea tree oil wipes to clean your eyelids and lashes with twice daily. If you’re still having problems, Dr. Herskovich recommends having a procedure to exfoliate the mites from the skin.
The actual procedure allows me to exfoliate debris that would otherwise obstruct the Meibomian glands which produce a component of our tears known as the lipid layer or oily layer. The oily layer is critical to keeping our tears from prematurely evaporating.
You can watch a report on the procedure on the next page!
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