Trichiasis is the official name for a condition characterized by misdirected or abnormally positioned eyelashes. When the eyelashes turn inward, they can irritate the cornea and conjunctiva of the eye. Trichiasis is sometimes caused by entropion, a medical condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward. Patients with trichiasis usually experience discomfort and irritation of the eye which can lead to permanent damage to the cornea and vision loss.
Symptoms of trichiasis include:
- Constant eye irritation
- Eye pain, redness and/or irritation
- Excessive or abnormal tearing
- Excessive sensitivity to light
In Coral Springs, Hollywood and Weston, FL, treatment for trichiasis depends on the number of eyelashes affecting the surface of the eye. For temporary relief, the eyelashes can be plucked out through a procedure called epilation, however this is usually a temporary fix as the lashes will grow back. For more severe cases and for recurrent cases, Dr. Georgescu may recommend permanent removal of only the affected eyelash follicles using a special radiofrequency device. Epilation with electrosurgery is a procedure that employs a radiofrequency device to permanently remove the follicles of the affected eyelashes. A fine-wire electrode is inserted directly into each individual eyelash follicle that is malpositioned. An electrical current is used to destroy these follicles so that hair growth can no longer occur. If entropion is the cause or if the cornea has been damaged, corrective eyelid surgery may be necessary. During malpositioned eyelid surgery, a small portion of the lower eyelid will be removed. This helps tighten the affected tendons and muscles.
If you are suffering from trichiasis, contact OculoFacial Institute at 954-519-3923 or website to schedule a consultation. Dr. Georgescu can discuss your options to relieve the uncomfortable or painful symptoms of this condition but also to treat the aesthetic aspect.