Demodex is a type of tiny parasitic mites that live in or near hair follicles of mammals.
From around 65 species of Demodex that are known, two identified species live on humans: Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis.

Demodex folliculorum and Demodex brevis - frequently referred to as eyelash mites- are primarily found in the face, near the nose, the eyelashes and eyebrows, but may also occur elsewhere on the body.

Infestation with Demodex is common and does not always cause symptoms. When it does, Demodex may cause the following skin diseases:

A possible Risk Factor may include-but is not limited to:

  • Age –older patients are more likely to carry the mites

* Nothing in this article is to be construed as medical advice, nor is it intended to replace the recommendations of a medical professional. For specific questions, please see your eye care practitioner.