What Is Trichiasis?
Trichiasis is when eyelashes grow in an inward direction, often rubbing up against the eye and causing various issues as the condition progresses. Patients can experience redness, inflammation, discomfort or even vision loss if left untreated for long periods of time. While the condition can affect both eyes, it is generally seen on just one side. This condition can be caused by a variety of reasons, including scarring caused by trauma or surgery, infections, and even genetics.
Trichiasis Treatment Overview
At Chicago Oculofacial Consultants, we offer trichiasis treatment that is tailored to the individual. Our team of professional staff and our highly skilled eye surgeon, Dr. Williams, will be with you every step of the way to ensure that your treatment is safe and effective for your needs. During your consultation, we will discuss the options available to you so that you can make an informed decision about which form of treatment is best for you.
Trichiasis treatments may vary depending on the cause, severity, and location of the affected eyelashes. Surgical options are available and include simple electrocautery to remove the misdirected lashes as well as more advanced techniques such as cryoablation or excision of the affected area. Other treatments, such as light-based therapies, may also be considered in some cases.
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Benefits of Treating Trichiasis
The main benefit of treating trichiasis is improved comfort, feeling, and vision. By removing the misdirected eyelashes, patients can be free from discomfort and remove any potential damage to their eyes. With correct treatment, the patient can restore or improve their overall vision as well. Additionally, the sooner you take care of those lashes, the less time they have to cause irritation or damage to the eye. Finally, on top of all this, patients can enjoy the cosmetic benefits that come with restoring their eye area.
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Should I Have Trichiasis Treatment?
If you’re experiencing any discomfort due to the inward growth of your eyelashes, it’s best to consult a doctor immediately and consider treatment. Trichiasis treatments can help restore comfortable vision and protect the eye from further damage or irritation. The team at Chicago Oculofacial Consultants is always here to answer any questions you may have regarding treatment options and the results you can expect. The first step is to set up your consultation with Dr. Williams and discuss your situation to see if you are a good fit for treatment.
After the Surgery: Recovery
After undergoing trichiasis treatment, patients can expect to experience some minor discomfort and redness. This should resolve within a few days, although in some cases it may take longer. If you have any persistent symptoms after your surgery, it’s important to contact our office for follow-up care as soon as possible. In addition to this, you should avoid rubbing or touching your eye area to reduce the risk of infection. We will provide you with a complete outline based on your individual procedure plan to help ensure a smooth and swift recovery.
After the Surgery: Results
Once your trichiasis treatment is complete, you can expect to see improved comfort and vision. The results of the surgery may not be immediately noticeable; however, with a proper recovery period, you should start to notice improvements in the days following your procedure. In most cases, patients can expect to see results that stay with them for a long time. However, it will still be important to care for your eye area and avoid future injury to prevent the problem from returning.