There are several common diseases and disorders that may affect the health of your eyelashes. If you have noticed a severe change in the growth pattern of your lashes we advice you to contact your local physician.
Although many of these disorders are not exceedingly serious to your health, if they are left untreated they can lead to massive infections of the eyes.
Let's take a look at some of the most common eyelash disorders...
Madarosis: This can result in the loss of both lashes and brows. A few other symptoms that may develop are swollen, itchy, burning, or even red tinted eyelids. There are various causes of this condition, some being dermatologic, nutritional, ophthalmological, and from infections.
Trichiasis: This is a lid abnormality that turns lashes inward toward the eye. This can happen though the entire eyelid line or in some sections. As you can imagine this can create a massive irritation to the iris and pupil as the lashes rub against them.
Distichiasis: This is a typically a rarer disorder in which abnormal grow of lashes occurs on the inner eyelid. This can be congenital or acquired. These lashes are typically soft, however can cause irritation to the eyes. These irritants include tearing, inflammation, scarring, squinting, and corneal ulcers.
Blepharitis: This affects the eyelash line or lid margins. This happens when tiny oil glands at the base of the eyelashes malfunction. This can cause bacteria build up leading to eye inflammation, itchiness, and irritation. This is considered a more chronic condition that is difficult to treat.
External Hordeolum: This is commonly referred to as a stye. This is a disorder of the eyelid where an acute focal infection happens in the Meibomian or Zeis glands. The common look of these styes are red, painful like bumps (similar to pimples) that grow on the edge of the eyelid. This is common in children.
Trichotillomania: This is a rare condition that is more physiological than bacterial. This is classified as a condition in which a person has an irresistible urge to pull out the lashes from eyelids. This is usually accompanied by the rash removal of hair on the scalp and other areas of the body.