Trichiasis (Ingrown eye lashes)

Trichiasis is a condition where eyelashes grow inwards and may rub against the surface of the eye. There are many underlying conditions that can cause Trichiasis. It can for example occur with eyelid inflammation, scarring, eye trauma, Herpes Zoster Ophthalmicus or even rubbing the eyes frequently.


  • Eye pain & redness
  • Change in vision
  • Corneal abrasion/ulcers,
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Sensitivity to light & tearing


Hot compresses might ease symptoms. The eye specialist can also pull out any ingrown eyelashes, however, it might not treat the problem in the long term. Sometimes laser or electrolysis treatment is used to treat the problem permanently. Surgery is also possible for severe cases where the surgeon will reposition the eyelashes.  In some cases, our Ophthalmic Nurse Practitioner or Clinic Optometrist will treat recurrent Trichiasis.

Trichiasis (Ingrown eye lashes)

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