You have mites on your eyelashes.

Long eyelashes
Long eyelashes by Luca Sbardella cc2.0

Everyone, regardless of their age or ethnicity, has mites on their eyelashes. Indeed, of the 48,000 species of mites, two live on the human face, one on your eyelashes, near the roots. They can only be seen under a microscope, though, and are rarely harmful.

Demodex mite
Photo of Demodex canis taken through a microscope at 400x magnification. By Joel Mills GFDL


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