Ingrown Eyelashes / Trichiasis

Ingrown Eyelashes / Trichiasis

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Ingrown eyelashes are a fairly common problem affecting both males and females of all Nationalities and affecting a wide age group.

The medical name for ingrowing eyelashes is “Trichiasis”

pronounced tri-ki-a-sis.

Ingrowing eyelashes or trichiasis is a painful and potentially damaging eye condition, where the eyelashes grow inwards towards the eye.

 The constant rubbing of those eyelashes on the cornea can lead to infection and eventual scarring and vision problems. Ingrowing eyelashes can be of a normal colour and thickness or very fine and white or colourless and are extremely hard to see. From many years of personal experience, I find that the normal thicker eyelashes can scratch the eye BUT those fine, colourless lashes are extremely irritating and tend to tickle the eye constantly.

Ingrown eyelashes cause pain and irritation to the eye, with soreness, watering and redness of the eye being present until the offending ingrowing eyelashes are removed.

They need to be attended to promptly so that further eye problems will be avoided.

**There is an excellant optical instrument that helps you to see those eyelashes.   Go to

Symptoms of Ingrowing Eyelashes:

Possible Causes of ingrowing eyelashes or trichiasis:

**Stye also known as Hordeolum is a red tender bump on the eyelid that is caused by an acute infection of the oil glands of the eyelid.

Treatments for ingrowing eyelashes or trichiasis:

     Some relief may be obtained by applying hot ( not too hot) and cold compresses to  reduce swelling,  always ask advice from a Professional.      

Removal of offending ingrown eyelashes seems to be the only effective solution.

However, most eyelashes grow back in approximately 4 to 8 weeks.

 Those suffering for trichiasis often have a condition called “dry eye” too.

** NB Dry Eye will be the topic of our next discussion.

Treatments by Optical Professionals


 “Distichiasis” pronounced dis-ti-ki-a-sis

Distichiasis  is another type of abnormal growth of eyelashes from the eyelid, where there is often an additional row of eyelashes that turn in towards the eye.Two hairs can grow from a single follicle and these lashes often grow towards the eye.

***Symptoms and Treatment for Distichiasis are the same as for Trichiasis.

NB. Please always seek professional help and advice from your Eye Specialist or Optical Professional.

The information included  here is to be used only as a guide.

***To see a useful instrument to help you see your ingrown eyelashes go to



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I have been looking looking around for this kind of information. Will you post some more in future? I’ll be grateful if you will.

I must find a solution for ingrown eyelashes getting under my lower eyelid. I cannot afford to pay a co-pay every week or two to get the Dr. to remove these.

What can I do to prevent these ingrown eyelashes from appearing constantly?

It just began in the last few months.

Thank you so much for a prompt reply.

I have an ingrown eyelash problem, but nothing here describes it. An upper eyelash grew up into my eyelid about 8 years ago.

Recently I kept getting a sore spot on my eyelid, and was able to squeeze out most of the offending eyelash, but there is still a bit in there, and it gets really painful when I’m tired.

Can anyone tell me what to do? I’ve been living with this for so long now.

I have this condition and my daughter and it is disabilitating for her and painfull we are trying to get surgery prooving very difficult as there is only one doctor in West Australia , Australia is there somewhear in sydney any help much appreciated

Hi Steve, Sorry you have had such a long wait for a reply….I have had a really bad year. My Dad passed away and it has been tough for my Mum to cope. Sorry I have neglected my blog totally.
In answer to your question I’m not sure if surgery is the answer as apparently the eyelashes can and do grow back. I certainly would think twice about surgery. People tell me that lashes can grow on the scar tissue too. My ingrown eyelash problem started when a well meaning GP lanced a couple of lumps on the under side of my eyelid and now many years down the track, THAT is where I have lashes growing. Right underneath my eyelid where no eyelash is meant to grow! I remove my own eyelashes now and can manage to find even the short ones and the nasty white ones that come with advancing years! A really good pair of tweezers are essential but my most valuable find is an Own Eye Magnifier, it is amazing! Check out the website for yourself
I can see all parts of my eye and the eyelashes look huge. It is a small (about 75cm) but with a very powerful magnifier and the lights on it can be moved around so you can see well, even in the corners of the eye. I find it wonderful and can be totally independent, to remove ingrowing eyelashes anywhere. Best part about it is that the Own Eye Magnifier is made in Australia….a rare find these days!
Ingrowing eyelashes is a debilitating problem and often ignored, even by Specialists. Many years ago, I was told by the Eye Hospital in Sydney that the solution (at the time) was to have all my eyelashes removed! A bit drastic I thought and hang on a minute don’t they grow back???? I was told “yes they do but it takes awhile!”
I can’t tell you how good it feels to get those pesky lashes out when I need to instead of relying on someone else, not to mention the cost involved. My eye magnifier has paid for itself many times over!

A friend uses hers to help her insert contact lenses. She was having trouble seeing the little marker (a tiny dot) to get the lenses in the right way up. Her eyesight is not good so she was very frustrated, having many tries to get the contacts in correctly. She borrowed my magnifier and was able to hold the lens on her finger tip looked into the magnifier and she could easily see the tiny dot. Needless to say she bought an Own Eye magnifier straight away. Saves heaps of frustration., she’d been considering throwing away her contact lenses (worth lots of money) and going back to using her glasses. Sorry to digress but do hope that this information is helpful Steve.

I have an eyelash growing up my eyelid under my skin not towards the eye. Help please!!

Is there any procedure to permanently get rid of ingrown eyelashes like freezing and pulling out the lash completely instead of just cutting it?

From what I am told most procedures don’t appear to be a permanent solution. Eyelashes just seem to grow back. I pull out the offending eyelashes as they appear. I have a wonderful instrument which allows me to see my eyelashes, it makes the lashes really easy to see….they look huge so I can pull them out with special tweezers. It is called an Own Eye Magnifier, a mirror which is not very big but the eye image is SO clear. Go to to have a look.

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Thank you. Sorry I have not been writing but life seems to get in the way. I intend to get back to my blog soon.

I’ve had problems with ingrown eyelashes for many years and my Eye Doctor has removed them from time to time as I’ve had my
exams for glasses, but recently after the exam and removal of several eyelashes I’ve developed a very irritating eyelid problem which feels like I have a needle scratching my eyeball. The eyelid is swollen and very itchy I have an appt with the eye doctor and also to see an eyelash specialist for later this month Other than using a warm washcloth and trying to keep myself from rubbing my eye is there anything else I can do. It is very painful and irritating.

Hi Bonnie, It sounds like you have an ingrown eyelash or two but your Eye Specialist should be able to confirm it for you. Sometimes when the lash is short and growing it does feel like a needle sticking in the eye. Unfortunately the only solution is removing the eyelash, it relieves the pain as soon as it is removed. My eye is red and itchy when I have a problem eyelash, until I remove the offending eyelash.
I have a wonderful product that I use every day to check or help me see to remove my own ingrown eyelashes. I have chronic ingrown eyelashes so it used to be a constant battle, getting appointments to have the lashes removed. With my Own Eye Magnifier I do it myself, no more waiting. It really works. The mirror lens is really powerful, which I need as my eyesight is not very good at all. I can see very fine white eyelashes now, it is great to be able to do it myself whenever I need to. Have a look at the website, read the testimonials, they speak volumes.

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Thank you. Sorry I don’t write often am busy caring for my elderly Mum so I’m time poor. Will try to write another article as I suffer from chronic ingrown eyelashes myself.

My 89-year-old father has ingrowing eye lashes on the lower lids. Previous doctor pulled them out. Now another specialist wants to pull the lower lid over (roll it) and tack it with a couple of stitchs. Has anyone else had any experience with this procedure?

Hi Janice,
Sorry that your Dad is having problems with ingrowing eyelashes. I have heard favourable comments regarding having a few stitches in the lower lid to correct the eyelid rolling. My Uncle had it done many years ago with success and my husband has just this week been told he needs the same procedure to help his lower eyelid. Sorry I don’t have a lot of information but we were told it is a very simple and effective solution to eyelid rolling that results in the lashes on the lower lid touching and irritating the eye. The Own Eye Magnifier that I use will definitely help him remove his ingrown eyelashes but perhaps try the procedure if the eyelashes are severe. Website to check is
Hope this is helpful. We will ask a Professional and givesome more information soon.

Janice just to follow up with you, my husband had the “simple” laser and stitch on his lower lid this week to correct a rolling lower eyelid and he says it is EXTREMELY painful. He now looks like he has been several rounds with a professional boxer. His eye is very swollen and really sore…looks like it could go black too. Please pass this on to your father…he may think twice. My husband says there is NO way he’d have the other eyelid done. He was ready to punch the ophthalmologist when he’d finished.

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Thank you for your very kind comments. We know there are lots of people out there with eye problems who do not know that there is a great little product (the Own Eye Magnifier) that can help them. Just this week my husband had a laser procedure to fix a lower eyelid that was rolling inwards (thus incidentally causing eyelashes to touch his eye)he says it was THE most painful thing ever. He will never get the other eyelid done he says he was ready to punch the ophthalmologist it was an extremely painful procedure. He was told it was a tiny nick and that he’d hardly feel anything. He has found the Own Eye Magnifier absolutely brilliant to check the progress of his very swollen eye (looks like he’s been in the ring with a boxer!).
Thanks again for your kind comments. Hopefully I can do some more writing on my blog but I’m looking after my elderly Mum at present and she needs me 24 hrs a day at the moment.

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Thanks for your kind comments. Pleased to hear that my blog loaded quickly on a cell phone…I haven’t tried it on my Samsung Gallaxy, I too have 3G but have a WIFI device for my laptop.
We have sold quite a few Own Eye Magnifier to people in Florida. There are lots of people who do not know there is self help for eye care problems…particularly ingrown eyelashes. To be able to remove your own eyelashes when they hurt like crazy, is such an empowering thing. Sometimes I have to get out of bed as an eyelash feels like a pin in my eye but I can remove the pesky eyelash any time! Lots of people say it is the best thing they’ve ever bought.
My husband has been able to use the Magnifier to “keep an eye on” ( no pun intended…) on his operation to fix an eyelid that was rolling inwards. It is STILL a mess and the stitches came apart 3 times! It is healing but very gradually and he said he would NEVER recommend the procedure to anyone. It would have been easier to keep removing his eyelashes as they appeared. There were only a few but still painful. I have to sometimes remove as many as 20 as I have chronic ingrown eyelashes. I also have 2 sets of eyelashes…one set in entirely the wrong place…well under the eyelid. Such a pain! and SO frustrating!
We have people who use the Own Eye Magnifier to help them insert their contact lenses easily and quickly every time…also a frustrating exercise when you can’t see well enough to put lenses in accurately. Those tiny dots on the rim to show right way to insert are almost impossible to see! If the lens is placed on finger tip and held towards the Magnifier mirror, you can clearly see those minute markings. I have really poor vision and even I can see them!
As you can see I am THE number one fan …I truly can’t live without my Magnifier.
I will try to write more frequently but as my 87 yr old Mum has now broken her hip and I am her (now) full time carer it is difficult. She is in Hospital at present, then off to rehab for a good while so I know she is safe.
Thanks again for your positive feedback. I really appreciate the nice things people say. We are all about helping people help themselves. I was a “hostage” to others because I had to have Specialists or optometrist or my GP remove my eyelashes so I KNOW how frustrating and painful it all can be BUT there is help.

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Thank you Kelly for the compliments. No designer …just me…so can’t hire me out I’m afraid. I used WordPress and decided on a clean look ..easy to read as I have poor eyesight myself and thought that if I can read the site easily that others could too. The people who come to my blog have eye problems so needed to be user friendly. I have just bought a laptop so hopefully will be able to write more often though I’m looking after my 87 yr old Mum so time is limited. She has broken her hip so is in rehab for a few weeks. Old age has whiskers!
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Trichiasis or ingrown eyelashes are triggered by a diversity of reasons. Notwithstanding the cause for the eyelash to become ingrown.Thanks for discussing,keep on update your blog..

Thanks for your comments. It is a seemingly a fast growing problem as we have lots of people tell us that ingrown eyelashes are such a painful nuisance to them. Saying that we also have people tell us that Lasik surgery is NOT the answer. It is not permanent and is often painful. My husband recently had Lasik procedure on one eye as his ingrown eyelashes were due to the lower eyelid turning inwards. He says it was THE most painful procedure he has ever endured (this coming from someone who had his kidney removed and has had numerous motor bike accidents!). The stitches came apart THREE times and the second time “so called simple & painless” procedure hurt even more! He refused to have further stitches and Ophthalmologist said he’d leave it to Mother Nature! Needless to say my husband says he would NEVER recommend it to anyone. One eye now looks smaller than the other. It has been four months or more since the procedure so has had time to heal.

Thanks for your comment. Yes I realise ingrown eyelashes have several causes. Mine started (many years ago) because I had a series of chalazions, several weeks apart, two of which (unfortunately) were lanced…..a very painful procedure, by my GP because I couldn’t get an appointment with my Eye Specialist. After the second “treatment” and after 3 weeks of healing I decided to leave the third chalazion to Mother Nature. It healed itself in three weeks! The repercussion of the two procedures, MANY years down the track, was that I have ingrown eyelashes exactly where those scars would have been…NOT where eyelashes ever grow naturally. If I’d have known the result I’d never have had those lumps lanced. Hooded eyelids can also cause ingrown eyelashes according to “experts” who talk with me.

hi as anyone had electrolisis done to remove in growing eye lashes if so did it work and was it painfull any info on this would be great

Hi Jane, I personally have not had electrolysis to remove ingrown eyelashes as my rogue eyelashes are far too close to the eye. They grow underneath the lid often so was advised NOT to risk it. We have had people tell us that the eyelashes grow back anyway and that the procedure is NOT pleasant. I truly have not had anyone remove my eyelashes for many years now…since I use my Own Eye Magnifier. I use it most days to check or remove eyelashes. I have chronic ingrown eyelashes so it is a constant problem but I really do keep them under control using my Magnifier. Go to the website and have a look BEFORE you commit to having the procedure done. Most people tell me they wouldn’t do it again after the first time and that eyelashes DO grow back.
My husband had what was supposed to be a “simple and painless” laser procedure to tighten a loose lower eyelid which was causing ingrown eyelashes in one spot. He was talked into it but really regrets it. He said it was THE most painful think he’s ever endured…he knows pain as he’s had a kidney removed & numerous motor bike accidents! Not only was it painful once BUT the stitches came apart NOT ONCE but TWICE. He had it restitched once which hurt even MORE than first time so when it happened the third time (in just a few weeks) he said NO WAY! The Ophthalmologist realised he was heading for a punch on the nose if he insisted on restitching the eye lid. Anyway months down the track…it has healed BUT one eye looks much smaller than the other now. So he would NEVER recommend laser treatment. My friend also had a tightening procedure years ago to reduce overhanging top lids (she didn’t have eyelash problems just droopy lids) … she was talked into having the bottom lids done too ALL at the same time (said it was TERRIBLE) and now looks in a constant state of SURPRISE.
I say think twice or just don’t go there.

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Thank you for your comments. I am not sure how you find eye problems funny…perhaps it is my style of writing? I do like to see the funny side of things but have yet to find anything funny about my eye problems. But saying that I am pleased that you are a regular visitor.
I write from my own experience and with honesty.

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Hi, Thanks for kind words re my blog. Sorry I just realised I hadn’t answered your question. Mine is a WordPress site and I used the Deep Blue theme (free) by Nathan Rice for Daily Blogs BUT I think it is no longer in the themes after having a look. Originally I searched SO many before I found this theme.
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Hi Margery,
Yes I do get a lot of spam but WordPress have a plugin called Akismet that stops the majority getting through. I do find some come through…disguised as a question but coming from say a weight loss site…NOTHING to do with eye problems. I built my blog using WordPress and installed the plug ins they suggested and they do work.
Hope that helps you.

I was born with an ingrown eyelash, is there any other way besides surgery? I;m scared of surgery really, I’m only a teen 🙁 What should I do?

Hello, Thanks so much for your comment. I can truly feel for you but don’t worry there is a simple solution! I have had ingrown eyelashes for well over 30 years. There is an alternative to surgery. You can be in control of your problem and remove the eyelash yourself, saving you a lot of frustration and pain. I agree with you regarding an operation as a lot of people tell me that the eyelashes often GROW back so they have to keep having the operation done. If you go to you will se a marvellous product that I use myself every single day. You will be able to see that ingrown eyelash REALLY well and remove it yourself. The cost is TRULY worth it, saves you years of pain and frustration. I have not had anyone remove my eyelashes for many years now I use my Own Eye Magnifier every morning to check for ingrown eyelashes and remove them as they happen, takes a few minutes a day. I have chronic ingrown eyelashes and sometimes remove as many as 20 at a time. If you have only one ingrown eyelash it will be SO easy and fast for you to remove it yourself. I used to be charged $90 a visit by an Eye Specialist many years ago to have my eyelashes removed, so I figured 3 visits and the Own Eye Magnifier paid for itself. Hope that helps you. Kindest regards.

Yes, that does help, thanks! And I only have one ingrown eyelash in my right eye. Thanks again 😀

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Thanks for your comment Shawn. I am convincing with my comments because I am talking from years of experience with ingrown eyelashes…over 30 years now so I DO know the problems connected with this very annoying and painful condition. Sorry you feel my posts are not long enough, just don’t want to bore people by prattling on too much. I am also time poor unfortunately.
I certainly DO know that your product….hair removal wax strips would NEVER work on eyelashes…OUCH! Eyelashes grow in awkward places or at least mine do, some are right under my eyelid so there is no way anything can remove them but tweezers. Thanks again.

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Hi Jacqueline,
Thanks for your kind comments. My blogsite was built with WordPress. We use a host here in Australia not sure if they do affiliate links. I will get you the information I think they are called Oceania.

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Hi Ricky,
So pleased you enjoyed my blog and that you like my style of writing. Wish I had time to write more often but we have been moving, what a horrid job that is! I am also the full time Carer for my Mum who has had a never ending stream of health problems over the last few years. She now has shingles! Old age should not be so hard. She is such a sweet and gentle soul and it is sad to see her suffer. She’s had a broken wrist and broken hip in the past year on top of many other health issues.
Thank you for your kind words re my writing and for the encouragement, I have been told before that I should write …one of my pen pals (via computer) says he’s keeping all my emails to collate into a book one day. I ram a “people person” and feel very strongly about our right to have facts presented to us about our health but often we are “kept in the dark” and treated like hypochondriacs…especially when it is our eyelashes that give us so much trouble! Such tiny things yet can cause a lifetime of frustration and pain too.
I will try to write more often. Many thanks again Margaret

By any chance did any of you who have this problem change shampoo recently? I started Monat which was supposed to help my hair grow, but instead, I started growing eyelashes inside my eyelid. I’m curious if it’s possibly the cause.

I didn’t change shampoo but I can see your point. I find if I use certain face creams near my eyes… then my eyes run …though I am and always have been an allergic person. Allergic to most eye drops. I use just a weak saline solution to bathe my eyes. Use 1/8 teaspoon of salt dissolved in a cup of warm water. I use an eye bath but do NOT dip eye bath into solution, rather pour solution into the eye bath. Bathe each eye and wash eye bath thoroughly in HOT water before bathing other eye to stop infection or transfer of germs.

I have an ingrown eye lash. I went to my eye doctor and they are sending me to a specialist to get it removed. I never thought about an ingrown eyelash back into your eye lid. But mine is completely covered with skin. So they are going to have to cut my eye lid and get it out that way. Thank you for this information it really helped out a lot.

I use my Own Eye Magnifier EVERY day to help me see the offending eyelashes. My eyesight is really poor but I am able to see to remove my own eyelashes. I could not imagine living without this wonderful product…a truly marvellous help. I can not tell you how much money it has saved me! If you go to website
read the testimonials..they are great.

I also have just a few eyelashes growing in the very inside corner of my eye, near tear duct. Very hard to remove but with persistance and a STEADY HAND it is possible….I do it often.

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