Trichiasis

Eye Works: The Human Eye

  • Acquired condition in which the eyelashes are misdirected and grow inwards towards the globe without altering the normal lid position.
  • Results in continuous rubbing of the conjunctiva and cornea by the lashes and may result in corneal abrasion and ulceration.
  • Commonly seen in cicatrical pemphigoid, trachoma, chronic blepharitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and alkaline burn.
  • Treatment includes epilation, electrolysis, laser thermoablation, cryotherapy, and resection of the lash follicles.