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What is the treatment for trichiasis?

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There are many ways to fix trichiasis.

Your doctor may use little forceps to pluck out the pesky lashes. This is the most common way to treat it. He or she will numb your eyeball with drops and pull the lash out of its follicle. It usually comes out easily and doesn’t hurt.

You may need artificial teardrops for a couple of days. Your lashes will grow back in three to five months, but there’s still a chance they’ll come in the wrong way.

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org: “All About Eyes.”

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Trichiasis.”

Eyesmart.org: “What is a Corneal Ulcer?” “What is Trichiasis?”

Merck Manual: “Trichiasis.”

Doctors of Optometry Canada: “Trichiasis.”

University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust: “Patient Information Factsheet: Ingrowing Eyelashes (trichiasis and distichiasis.)”

USC Eye Institute: “Trichiasis - Misdirected Eyelashes.”

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

SOURCES:

Kidshealth.org: “All About Eyes.”

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: “Trichiasis.”

Eyesmart.org: “What is a Corneal Ulcer?” “What is Trichiasis?”

Merck Manual: “Trichiasis.”

Doctors of Optometry Canada: “Trichiasis.”

University Hospital Southampton, NHS Foundation Trust: “Patient Information Factsheet: Ingrowing Eyelashes (trichiasis and distichiasis.)”

USC Eye Institute: “Trichiasis - Misdirected Eyelashes.”

Reviewed by Brian S. Boxer Wachler on November 07, 2019

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