Dealing with ingrown eyelashes
Ingrown eyelashes are defined by eyelashes that are growing towards the eye. An ingrown eyelash can touch the eyeball and cause irritations on the eyeball and the surrounding areas. It causes watery eyes, redness and injuring the cornea.
Symptoms of ingrown eyelashes
- A sensation that something is inside the eye
- Watery eyes
- Redness around the eye
- Severe sensitivity to light and pain
- Itchy or painful eyes
- Severe symptoms result to infections, permanent scarring of the corneal and loss of vision.
- Severe pain when blinking
- Development of scar tissue after an injury can result to eyelashes growing in different directions.
- The eyelashes and follicles of hair changes shape as a child grows and result to trichiasis which is only temporary.
- Blepharitis which causes inflammation and irritation of the eyelid. It causes the skin to peel, becomes red and accumulation of bacteria.
- Entropion which causes the eyelid to fold inward and result to trichiasis.
- Herpes of the eye can cause infection on the eye and damage the eyelid.
- Trachoma which is a severe infection of the eyelid and can result to blindness
- Apply warm compress on the affected area to lessen the pain and the inflammation. Soak a clean towel in warm water wring out excess water and place it gently on the eye for at least 10-15 minutes every hour. Avoid pressing the towel against the affected eye to prevent further damage and delay the healing.
- Seek medical help in removing the ingrown eyelash. Avoid removing the ingrown eyelash at home to prevent further damage and worsen the condition.
- Mix warm water with honey and dip a clean face cloth and then place it directly on the affected area to lessen the pain and relax the area.
- Prescribed corticosteroids to lessen the inflammation and the pain.
- Prescribe antibiotics to heal underlying conditions and lessen the symptoms. They can be in the form of an ointment and drops to lessen the redness and the inflammation of the area.
- Prescribed eye drops to lessen infections of the eyelids, lessen the pain and the redness of the eyes.
- Artificial tears to lessen dryness of the eyes, relieves irritations and discomforts. It also lessens scarring of the cornea.
- Drink plenty of water at least 8 glasses of water every day to prevent dehydration. Water lessens irritations on the eyes and blurry visions due to ingrown eyelashes.
- Remove contact lenses if there is any before sleeping.
- Wear sunglasses when under the sun.
- Remove makeup before sleeping at night
- Wear protective glasses for the eye