Misdirected lashes (trichiasis) can lead to significant eye irritation as lashes rub against the cornea or the conjunctiva. This can cause an intermittent or constant foreign body sensation along with redness and/or tearing. The simplest treatment is to remove the misdirected lash or lashes with sterile forceps. However, this is only a temporary fix since the lash will regrow in six to ten weeks.
More permanent treatments can include electrolysis, cryotherapy and more advanced techniques involving surgery to resect the diseased area. Dr. Scott can determine the most appropriate form of treatment after a thorough evaluation of the extent and location of the misdirected lashes.
Keep in mind that results vary according to the individual patient and the chosen procedure. Dr. Scott will explain all surgical procedures as any procedure, no matter how minor or major, has risks.
For more information on ways to corrected misdirected lashes, please call us at 703-620-4300 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Fairfax, McLean and nearby communities.