When an eyelash grows inward toward your cornea, it can cause irritation, pain, and the sensation that something is in your eye. Thankfully, an eyelash like this can easily be plucked out! Then we recommend artificial tears, such as RETAINE MGD every few hours to help with the healing process.
If more than 1 eyelash is involved, then the condition is more serious and is called entropion.
Entropion is a condition where the eyelids turn inward causing the eyelashes to rub against the surface of the eye. This can be a painful problem and when left untreated can cause a devastating infection. Foreign body sensation, redness, and pain are the most common factors associated with entropion.