Curious cilia cases

Clin Exp Optom. 2002 Sep;85(5):306-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1444-0938.2002.tb03087.x.


Eyelashes can be observed in unusual anatomical locations after falling out of their hair follicles. Loose lashes can inadvertently enter a lacrimal punctum or with more difficulty, a Meibomian gland orifice They may even penetrate through anterior surface layers such as the conjunctiva or skin of the lid. There may be some diagnostic problems, occasionally questions of management and in rare instances, some risk of morbidity. Four cases are illustrated.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Conjunctiva / pathology
  • Eye Foreign Bodies* / pathology*
  • Eyelashes*
  • Eyelids / pathology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Meibomian Glands / pathology
  • Middle Aged