Argon laser treatment of trichiasis

Am J Ophthalmol. 1992 Jan 15;113(1):71-4. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)75756-3.


The argon laser was used to treat trichiasis in 44 patients over a five-year period. During follow-up intervals of between one month and more than four years (mean, 13 months), ablation of misdirected cilia was accomplished with one treatment in 26 patients (59%). No complications were observed. Laser is less effective than cryotherapy for destroying aberrant eyelashes, but cryotherapy is less precise and incites greater posttreatment inflammation. Argon laser treatment is a useful option when only a few, scattered eyelashes require ablation or in patients with disorders such as ocular pemphigoid, in which the stimulation of inflammation is undesirable.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Eyelashes / surgery*
  • Eyelid Diseases / surgery
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Treatment Outcome