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Extra Eyelashes (Distichiasis)




Condition Overview

This is a congenital condition in which an extra row of eyelashes grows from the eyelid and is directed inward, rubbing against the surface of the eye. If left untreated, the constant irritation leads to corneal abrasion.


The condition may not be noticed until the puppy is grown.


Abberant (departing from a normal direction) eyelashes that grow inward on the upper and lower eyelids produce the same type of problem.


The diagnosis is made by physical examination.


The offending eye lashes should be removed ans their roots destroyed through cryotherapy (chemical freezing), electrolysis, or surgery. Plucking them with blunt nosed tweezers provides temporary relief, but the eyelashes will grow back in about 4 weeks. Dogs who have had their eyelashes permanently removed cannot be shown in conformation.


There is no prevention for this condition.


Please contact your veterinarian with questions regarding this condition.

Show Sources & Contributors +


Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook

Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007

Website: http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/

Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD

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