An eyelash nidus for dacryoliths of the lacrimal excretory and secretory systems

Am J Ophthalmol. 1991 May 15;111(5):624-7. doi: 10.1016/s0002-9394(14)73709-2.


We treated two patients with dacryolithiasis secondary to an eyelash. The first patient underwent dacryocystorhinostomy for a stone within the lacrimal sac. In the second patient the dacryolith was removed from a lacrimal gland ductule. Eyelashes found in the tear film or conjunctival fornices during routine examination should be removed to prevent the possible occurrence of dacryolithiasis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Calculi / complications
  • Calculi / pathology
  • Calculi / surgery*
  • Eyelashes*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / complications
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / pathology
  • Lacrimal Apparatus Diseases / surgery*
  • Lacrimal Duct Obstruction / etiology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged