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Sharon

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Inward growing eyelashes
« on: April 17, 2019, 01:36:08 PM »
My eye doctor found some eyelashes growing inwards towards my eye in one eye.
Seems this is common in Sjogren's and called Trichasis.
It can even cause cornea scarring and blindness if not treated:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trichiasis

I have this on both top and bottom eyelashes. He claims this is the cause of the more severe irritation and pain I have in that particular eye, and looks like he may be right. There is some significant relief in the pain I was having in that eye now that he removed those ingrowing eyelashes.
However, eyelashes grow back. The doctor has told me I need to return EVERY MONTH to have him remove them again. Many of these lashes are very light and thin, virtually invisible, making it impossible for me to remove all of them myself. I can't imagine returning to the eye doctor every single month for the rest of my life!
I know there are other options like laser or electrology but my doctor has not recommended them and I'm afraid of complications.
Has anybody had procedures done to treat this problem
or even have an opinion as to what to do?
I appreciate any comments!  :)


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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2019, 02:51:44 PM »
Hi Sharon.

I can only imagine how awful that feels. Sorry you have that problem.

My grandmother's friend had this problem. I remember her eyes were red and tears
actually  going down her face at times. She always had a kleenex mopping up her cheeks.

She eventually at age 68 had them lasered off permenately. She never had any
complications afterwards.

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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #2 on: April 18, 2019, 03:39:07 AM »
Yikes, my eyelashes FIRST started to curl.  My response was: Yay!

Then my eyelashes started breaking off and disappearing.

Now I will be on the lookout for pain and growing inward.

It IS always something!

Thanks for the heads up.

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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2019, 04:37:16 AM »
Shelly- Thanks for the encouraging story  :)

Elaine- Yes, always something going on with this illness  ::)
Hope this information promotes awareness of this possible complication and may help you & others out there.
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2019, 05:53:43 AM »
How awful.

I would look for a second opinion for a permanent solution. How many eye lashes are involved? It is possible that after pulling the lash out regularly that the root will be damaged and the hair won't grow - but no guarantee. I presume this will be a lifelong problem and not something that will go away on it's own? I would want to know what the potential permanent solutions are and what their side effects could be so you can assess if you want to take that risk or stick with having them pulled once a month which has minimal risks.

I know two people who have dogs with this problem. One had surgery and the other goes once a month to the veterinarian ophthalmologist and has them pulled and she had drops she instills on a schedule each day. Both have been happy with treatment.

Last year I bought one of those lighted super magnified mirrors from Costco - OMG I'm seeing things I never thought I could see (some of which I wish I didn't see) on my face. And one of the weirdest things is I'm growing small, light blonde lashes in the corner of my eye next to my tear ducts. I don't know how common this is, I didn't know lashes grew there. I'm wondering if you could see your lashes with one of these mirrors?

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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2019, 04:09:58 PM »
Thanks for all the suggestions Skylar!
I have 2 lashes on the top and I think about 4 on the bottom growing inward in that specific eye.
I will definitely to look into all those options- a bit weary of any procedures after some negative experiences I had in the past.
I will try a magnifying mirror and see if it helps, though I'm also afraid to see things I don't want to see!   :D
BTW- I think we all have those light lashes in the corner of our eyes.
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2019, 10:01:17 PM »
I've started to have this about 5 years ago. My lashes don't grow inward but I've developed 2 to 3 rows of lashes on both eyes. It's weird because I didn't use to have this. Wonder if it is a Sjogrens thing.
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #7 on: April 19, 2019, 05:17:48 AM »
I have this problem on bottom lashes on the inner part of my eyes. I have a 10X lighted mirror and I pull them myself with tweezers. Ouch!
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2019, 07:00:11 PM »
My DIL is an optometrist and I mentioned this to her. She said that there are some doctors ( I assume ophthalmologists) who specialize in the laser treatments of the eyelashes and that this gives good results.

Laser treatments of any kind take a certain amount of expertise and I would ask around before choosing the doc to do it. The chances of having more serious scratches on the eye is something that can occur it the lashes aren't removed permanently. Good luck. irish

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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #9 on: April 20, 2019, 03:51:16 AM »
Hi Sharon, I was told I had an inward growing eyelash at an optician's appointment a couple of years ago.   I was told to go to my doctor - who couldn't see it!   Then later on at an ophthamologiy appointment I was told yes, it is there, it needs to be treated.   So finally I had an electrolysis type procedure, but the lash grew back again.   However at the follow-up appointment it was successfully treated.

The procedure was not as bad as you might think, you get an injection to anaesthetise the area, I would say it only took about 20 minutes.

I am in the UK so not aware of what procedures are available in the US, also I don't know if having lots of inward growing eyelashes might be more tricky.   I think blepharitis can be one of the causes of this problem, is that something you suffer with?
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #10 on: April 21, 2019, 02:35:12 PM »
Thanks for your responses gals:

SweetCheex- I also have some rows going on. Yes, I think it's a SS thing.  :-\

Jenny- So far I've found a x5 lighted mirror. I think I need to continue to search for a x10...

irish- Thank you for this advice. Constantly searching for and plucking them really does seem to allow more possibility of scratches. It's hard to find specialists and get good recommendations where I live, but I do think it's worth trying!

araminta- The doctors claim I do not have blepharitis and that the cause is inflammation from the SS.
Is the electrolysis usually a one-time treatment? Do you know what the difference is between that and laser treatment?
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #11 on: April 21, 2019, 03:27:26 PM »
If  you live ion the US you can google the ophthalmologist organization for your state and see if there is a phone number or web site to help you find good people to do laser treatment. I would ask the doctor how many he does a week/month ads describe his procedure.

My GI doc did laser on my ascending colon in 6 places. She told me it is a tricky procedure cause the lining of the colon is so thin. She told me later that she injects sterile saline  between the layers of mucous membrane prior to doing the laser. This way the heat generated has sort of a buffer and doesn't burn through both layers of tissue. I would wonder if that isn't a good thing to do with other laser treatments., Just some info. Irish
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #12 on: April 21, 2019, 04:55:31 PM »
Thanks irish, that really is some helpful and useful info going forwards with this!
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #13 on: April 22, 2019, 12:58:46 PM »
Sharon, in reply to your question, I believe electrolysis can be effective with one treatment, however the eyelashes can sometimes come back.   As I mentioned, I needed two appointments.

I don't know how the laser treatment is carried out.   I've seen info online saying it is also possible to have cryotherapy (freezing).    Could you get an appointment with an ophthalmolgist to try and find out what your options are?
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Re: Inward growing eyelashes
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2019, 05:02:19 PM »
Thanks araminta, I'm currently gathering recommendations for specialists in my area.
The darn lashes keep growing back mere days after they are plucked out.
I really need a permanent solution ASAP!
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