Eyelid & Eyelash Problems
Treatment for eyelid and eyelash problems is generally quite straightforward and effective.
Issues involving the eyelid and eyelash can be both painful and irritating, and left untreated may damage your eyesight.
The eyelids and eyelashes function as protective barriers for our eyes. They keep foreign bodies out, and ensure our eyes don’t dry out. Therefore in order to avoid any potential long-term damage, issues relating to the eyelids and eyelashes should be addressed immediately.
Ectropian: Outward Turned Eyelids – As we age, the eyelids can occasionally become unstable. In some people, the eyelids (usually lower eyelids) can turn outwards, giving a red-rimmed appearance to the eyes. Ectropion can cause discomfort, including dry eyes and irritation. It is also associated with watery eyes. In some cases eyelid instability can also develop as a result of scarring around the eyelid, or nerve damage.
Entropian: Inward Turned Eyelids -As with Ectropion, Entropion can occur with age, and usually affects the lower eyelids. With Entropion however, the eyelids turn inwards and usually causes severe discomfort, as the eyelashes rub on the eyes. Not only is this painful and irritating, it can also potentially cause damage to your corneas, and should therefore be dealt with promptly.
Trichiasis: Ingrown Eyelashes – This is an extremely uncomfortable condition resulting from the eyelids growing inwards and constantly rubbing on the eye’s surface. The most common symptom is a feeling of having something in eye all the time. This can be accompanied by redness, itchiness, irritation and a sandy or gritty feeling in the eye. Ingrown eyelashes can be normal in size and colour or may be very fine and colourless, only visible with a magnifying glass.
Trichiasis is often the result of an eye infection or inflammation of the eyelid. However, it can also result from injury or scarring to the eyelid, or may simply occur with age.
Treatment for Eyelid & Eyelash Problems
Treatment for eyelid and eyelash problems is generally quite straightforward and effective. Both Entropion and Ectropion can be rectified by simple eyelid surgery. Ingrown eyelashes can be removed, although a short surgical procedure may also be needed if they continue to grow back.
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