Demodex FAQs

While having small amounts of Demodex mites is natural, an infestation can get out of control and cause problems in your eyes. If you have symptoms of Demodex, it’s crucial to seek treatment from an ophthalmologist promptly. 


At Eye Care Specialists Of Florida in Kissimmee, we offer examination and treatment for Demodex infestations. Our ophthalmologist treats every patient uniquely and helps to manage or restore their vision and eye health using state-f-the-art eye care. Don’t wait until the problems affecting your eyes get any worse. We are here to help.

What Is Demodex?

Demodex refers to parasitic mites that live in the skin, head, and face. They are usually microscopic and can’t be seen with the human eye. An infestation may not be noticeable until symptoms are severe. That’s why maintaining an annual eye exam is crucial.  

How Does a Demodex Infestation Cause Blepharitis?

Blepharitis is one of the most common conditions caused by a Demodex infestation. Blepharitis is an inflammation of the eyelid caused by the blockage of oil glands in the base of the eyelashes. Demodex mites release inflammatory toxins, causing blepharitis. Some common symptoms of Demodex blepharitis include:

  • Swollen lid margins
  • Crusty lashes
  • Watery eyes
  • Red eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Skin itchiness

How Can You Prevent Demodex Infestations?

There are many ways to prevent Demodex infestations. We often recommend that patients avoid sharing makeup like mascara and using oily eye makeup. Eyelash wipes can also help to keep your lashes clean and prevent infestations from occurring. 

Is Demodex Contagious?

Demodex mites can be passed on from one person to the other through contact. That’s why it’s essential to know if you have a Demodex infestation to prevent the mites from being accidentally passed to others.

How Is Demodex Blepharitis Treated?

Before any treatment, our doctor will provide a thorough assessment of your medical history and current eye health. This is usually done by taking a sample of your eye leashes. For Demodex blepharitis to be effectively eradicated, treatment must be focused on eliminating the mites causing it. Several treatment methods include using antibiotics, steroids, warm compresses, and other treatment methods we can prescribe at our office. However, certain aspects of properly treating Demodex infestations can only be carried out by ophthalmologists. That’s why our eye doctor is here to offer every aspect of eye care you may need all under one roof.

Visit Eye Care Specialists Of Florida in Kissimmee

At Eye Care Specialists Of Florida in Kissimmee, we can eradicate your Demodex infestation and prevent it from reoccurring in the future. We have the experience, knowledge, and tools needed for quality eye care. Our team is dedicated to maintaining your eye health regardless of whatever condition you may be experiencing. Call us today at (407) 483-0328 for more information about how our eye care specialist can help you. 

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