Note: 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 mites. Bottom-line, be aware and wash your hands often.
The mating cycle of demodex mites is as follows - they try to avoid light, so they come out and mate at night, then they reproduce. They have a two - to three-week cycle and then die, but their offspring will continue the cycle.
The mites themselves do not cause problems but having too many can cause irritation and or inflammation of the eye area. Until you can see an optometrist, clean your eyelids using tea tree oil wipes twice a day. This procedure allows you to exfoliate debris that would otherwise obstruct the meibomian glands, that produce a component of our tears known as the lipid (oily) layer. This oily layer is critical in keeping tears from prematurely evaporating.
Note: When applying the tea tree oil wipes keep your eyes close, as eye contact may cause redness, surface irritation and discomfort. The inflammation and discomfort may result in minor changes in vision, but your vision should return to normal as the reaction clears. The complete procedure takes about 20 minutes.
Many people confuse eye mites with having dry or irritated eyes!
Mites like ants, live on the floor and are transferred to humans by