Trichiasis is the official name for a condition characterized by misdirected or abnormally positioned eyelashes. Trichiasis, sometimes caused by entropion causes discomfort and irritation to the eye, and can lead to permanent damage to the cornea and vision loss. Symptoms of trichiasis include:
- Constant eye irritation
- Eye pain, redness and/or irritation
- Abnormal tearing
- Sensitivity to light
Treatment for trichiasis depends on the number of eyelashes affecting the surface of the eye. For temporary relief, the eyelashes can be plucked out (called epilation), but they usually grow back.
For more severe cases and for recurrent disease, our team of oculoplastic surgeons may recommend permanent removal of only the affected eyelash follicles using a special radiofrequency device. If entropion is the cause, or if the cornea has been damaged, corrective eyelid surgery may be necessary.