Trichiasis Symptoms and Treatment
Your eye may feel irritated by the sensation of having something in your eye.
Other symptoms include:
Eyelashes that rub against the cornea for a long time can cause a corneal abrasion or even a corneal ulcer.
How is trichiasis treated?
Trichiasis treatment involves removing the eyelash, follicle or both, or redirecting eyelash growth.
Sometimes trichiasis affects only a few eyelashes. Your ophthalmologist may simply remove them with forceps (tweezers). There is a chance the eyelashes may grow back again in the wrong direction.
If you have many lashes growing toward your eye, surgery can remove them permanently. Ablation surgery uses radiofrequencies or lasers to remove the lashes and hair follicles. Your ophthalmologist will numb your eye before the outpatient procedure.
Other surgical treatments include:
- Electrolysis. This process uses electricity to permanently remove hair. While effective, electrolysis is time-consuming and can be painful.
- Cryosurgery. This removes the lashes and follicles by freezing them. Cryosurgery is effective but has the potential for complications.
Your ophthalmologist may recommend surgery to reposition the eyelashes. This can be the case if your trichiasis is due to epiblepharon.