Trichiasis is the inward growth of an eyelash or lashes, so that they touch your eyeball. This typically leads to irritation and may cause you to rub at your eyes to clear it. These eyelashes can look the same as the rest of your lashes in normal thickness and color, but they can also be thin, colorless and extremely hard to see or take out.
You should not attempt to remove the lashes yourself. If you suspect you have an ingrown eyelash, you should see your ophthalmologist immediately to minimize potential damage to your cornea. In fact, ingrown lashes can be nearly clear, extra fine and invisible to the naked eye. Your New York optometrist or ophthalmologist may find that an in-depth eye exam is needed to ensure a correct diagnosis.
If you are having any abnormal symptoms, you should always be evaluated with a thorough consultation and examination by a physician for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan as it may be a symptom or sign of a serious illness or condition. Diagnosis isn’t always simple. While ingrown lashes that are the same color and thickness as the rest of your eyelashes are typically easy enough to spot with just a mirror, ingrown lashes are not always visible.