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Abnormal Eyelashes

Abnormal EyelashesWhen lashes grow towards the eye and result in irritation, it is a condition called trichiasis. Trichiasis can result from trauma or surgery to the eyelids, chronic inflammatory conditions of the eyelids (such blepharitis, rosacea), infections of the eyelids, and rarely cancer of the eyelids. Patients typically experience repeated eye irritation and can have recurrent corneal abrasions (scratches) and even corneal ulcers (infections). The vision is often compromised because of the repetitive irritation of the eye. Lashes can be pulled out in the office but typically grow back within 6-8 weeks. A more permanent treatment involved delicately and precisely destroying the responsible lash follicle so that it no longer produces a hair. This procedure, referred to as electrohyfecation, is done in the office using a highly specialized machine that uses radiofrequency waves. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes just a few minutes. Several treatment sessions are often required. In some severe cases, trichiasis may need to be treated with eyelid surgery.

Treatment of trichiasis is often covered by insurance. Call 203-791-2020 to schedule your trichiasis evaluation with Katherine J. Zamecki, MD, FACS.