|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 447
Cilia incarnatum: A rare variant of an eyelash
Pratheeba D Nivean1, Ramesh Dorairajan2, Varshini Ramesh2, Nivean Madhivanan1
1 M N Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Sundar Eye Hospital, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Web Publication||02-Jul-2021|
Dr. Pratheeba D Nivean
M N Eye Hospital, 781 T H Road , Tondiarpet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu - 600 021
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|How to cite this article:|
Nivean PD, Dorairajan R, Ramesh V, Madhivanan N. Cilia incarnatum: A rare variant of an eyelash. Indian J Ophthalmol Case Rep 2021;1:447
Cilia incarnatum is one of a rare eyelash anomaly, wherein the eyelashes grow under the skin and come out through the surface (cilia incarnatum externum) [Figure 1] or through conjunctiva (cilia incarnatum internum) instead of coming through the lid margin. It occurs when then there is an obstruction in the process of their growth. They try to come out through the area of least resistance. Cilia externum is asymptomatic with a mild lump and externalization of the lash. They usually present due to cosmetic concerns as they mimic a comedo or blackhead and can be picked up by careful slit-lamp examination. Cilia internum rub against the cornea. Both can be removed by epilation. This condition may not require radiofrequency or cryotherapy as the root is normal.
|Figure 1: External photograph of the eyelid showing internalization of the eye lash|
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