What does distichiasis look like?

Distichiasis (you might hear it called double eyelashes) is a rare condition where you have two rows of eyelashes. The second row might be a full set of eyelashes, or it might be one or a few. They also might be thinner or shorter than your first row of eyelashes.

What is the difference between trichiasis and distichiasis?

Trichiasis is a condition of abnormal eyelash growth with misdirection posteriorly. Distichiasis is an abnormality of a second row of lashes emanating from meibomian glands. In both conditions the lid margin is in a normal position. Involutional entropion is an eyelid malposition with secondary trichiasis.

How do you get rid of distichiasis?

What is the treatment for Distichiasis?

  1. Ocular lubricants – twice daily use of a lubricating gel or ointment will improve the tear film and may reduce irritation in mild cases. Lifelong treatment will be required.
  2. Plucking – the extra eyelashes can be plucked using epilation forceps.

How common is distichiasis?

Distichiasis is a rare disorder defined as the abnormal growth of lashes from the orifices of the meibomian glands on the posterior lamella of the tarsal plate (see following image).

How does distichiasis happen?

Distichiasis arises from the aberrant differentiation of meibomian glands of the eyelid, resulting in the development of a few, or sometimes a second inner row, of ‘eyelashes’. It can cause symptoms of corneal irritation and may need treatment.

How is distichiasis diagnosed?

How is distichiasis diagnosed? Diagnosis is usually made by identifying lashes emerging from the meibomian gland openings or by observing lashes that touch the cornea or the conjunctival lining of the affected eye.

What causes distichiasis?

In most cases, distichiasis is congenital, which means it’s present at birth. It can be caused by a genetic mutation that’s linked to heart problems. You can also get distichiasis later in life if your eyelids are inflamed or injured.

Did Elizabeth Taylor have two rows of eyelashes?

London: Her violet eyes broke many hearts but not many know that a genetic mutation had left Elizabeth Taylor with an extra set of eyelashes. The genetic mutation, a rare medical condition known as distichiasis added a captivating appeal by framing Taylor’s deep violet eyes, the Daily Mail reported.

Do I have distichiasis?

The most common finding is the extra row of eyelashes (distichiasis). Most patients also develop swelling (edema) or puffiness of the legs because of the accumulation of protein-rich fluid (lymph) in the soft layers of tissue under the skin.

Are double row eyelashes rare?

A double row of eyelashes is known as distichiasis and is quite rare. The condition is not associated with other eye or systemic abnormalities. In most people the two rows are found in all four lids but sometimes only one or two.