Maine Eyelash Problems: Trichiasis

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Maine Eyelash Problems: Trichiasis

Maine Ophthalmologist Robert Daly, M.D. of Eyecare medical Group in Portland, ME commented on the eyelash problem known as Trichiasis. “Trichiasis can cause some discomfort but is rarely serious, although it is important to monitor the patient to make sure no permanent damage is done to the cornea,” commented Dr. Daly.

Trichiasis is the abnormal growth of the eyelashes toward the eye, touching the cornea or the conjunctiva. Trichiasis is not typically a serious condition but can cause a lot of eye irritation and has the potential to damage the cornea if it is untreated and can cause vision loss.

Trichiasis is often caused by an entropion, or the inversion of the lower eye lid. When this occurs, the lashes have nowhere to go but in and can scratch the surface of the conjunctiva or cornea. The repeated scratching of the cornea from the lashes can cause damage to the cornea and can be painful. Trichiasis is not common in the United States, but can be more common in other countries when the cause of the trichiasis is an infection. 

Treatment for trichiasis ranges depending on the cause and how severe the condition may be. For mild cases, lubricating the eye with artificial tears is enough to protect the cornea from damage. When an infection is the cause of the irritation, antibiotics can be beneficial. Some cases of trichiasis can be treated with epilation of the lashes, in which the lashes are plucked to prevent them from scratching the cornea. If the cause of the trichiasis is an entropion, surgery can be performed to repair the lower lid muscles so that the lid no longer turns it and allows the cornea to be scratched by the eye lashes. Argon laser treatment, cryotherapy and cautery procedures are other potential methods used to treat trichiasis.

If you require treatment for trichiasis, or have questions about treatment, please feel free to call Eyecare Medical Group at 1-888-374-2020, visit or

Eyecare Medical Group is a leading ophthalmology practice in Portland, Maine staffed by a team of eye care specialists including eye doctors who are fellowship trained glaucoma specialists, retina specialists, cornea specialists and cataract and lens implant specialists-all board certified Ophthalmologists-as well as Optometrists, Opticians, technical and administrative staff who provide eye examinations for adults and children, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implants, (IOL), laser vision correction such as LASIK, diagnosis and treatment of cornea disease including cornea transplants, care for diseases of the retina including diabetes and age related macular degeneration and diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma.

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