Certain conditions increase your risk of developing trichiasis:

  • Epiblepharon, a congenital disorder that occurs when loose skin around the eye form a fold that causes the lashes to assume a vertical position. Epiblepharon is most commonly found in children of Asian ancestry.
  • Herpes zoster eye disease.
  • Trauma to the eye, such as burns.
  • Chronic blepharitis, a common and ongoing condition where the eyelids become inflamed (swollen), with oily particles and bacteria coating the eyelid margin near the base of the eyelashes.
  • Trachoma, a severe eye infection that is commonly found in developing nations.
  • Certain rare disorders of the skin and mucous membranes, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and cicatricial pemphigoid.

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