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post #1 of 51 (permalink) Old 08-14-2008, 11:17 AM Thread Starter
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Eye Lashes Causing Major Tearing

Gracie has a MAJOR tearing problem. I hate that because she is a cream and I really hate the wet/stained look. If I don't shampoo her face everyday it is as if I gummed it all up with hairspray or hair gel. It is pretty bad to look at, and it has got to be miserable for her. She always looks like she is about to spill tears!!

So . . . I took her to the vet and they looked at her lashes with one of those magnifying light things. They said she has lashes/hair follicles right next to her eyes were growing toward her eyes. You know, the REALLY tiny ones that you don't even see, nor can you cut them because they are so small. So it is not something I accidentally did during grooming. They thought I should go see a ophthalmologist to see if they can maybe freeze them in hopes of killing the roots or doing a eye lift sort of thing. They said eye drops would be very unlikely to help at all.

I'm not sure I'm ready for another BIG ordeal with her. As you know, we recently spent $2,000 diagnosing her MVD/liver problem. Plus, she is at high risk to be under anesthesia for surgery anyway because of her "issues", so I'm not sure I even want to go. But I HATE to have her be miserable forever. I'm thinking I should at least go to the consult visit.

Has anyone else had to deal with this? Any ideas or brainstorming would be helpful.

Besides her medical issues she is a wonderful little girl. Best combo of lap dog, that LOVES to play, RLH!!!! She will be 1 year old on August 26th!!!

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Arghhh! So sorry Karen. Both of mine are tearing a lot lately and gooping up. I thought maybe allergy season?
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I'm so sorry about Gracie Karen. Any possibility that they'll get longer so they aren't so bothersome to the eye? I know this sounds silly, but is there anyway you could use an eyelash curler and "curl" them away from the eye? I'd imagine they'd be too small but it was worth a thought.


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Carole - I, too, immediately thought "Allergies", but vet said with the way it looks . . . it probably isn't. She said with allergies the tissue around the eye would be more red and inflamed. She said it is more of a constant tickle/poking that causes the tearing. She thought that it might be also a small combo of a plugged tear duct, but she said she definitely saw lashes touching her eye.

Lisa - I love the lash curler idea. You know she is a little princess!! LOL Unfortunately, the lashes are so small you have to have a magnifying glass to see them.

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Karen, It could also be diet related. When I rotate Beamer on to Beef, his tear staining always gets worse for the 2 week period, then when he goes onto another meat type like chicken or rabbit, it quickly goes away! That could be it...

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Karen, I'd at least go for the consult. At least you'd know for certain and you could discuss the options you have. Maybe they would have some less expensive suggestions for you. Having an eyelash growing toward an eye would be, if not painful, at least very irritating. I know how it feels when I get an eyelash in my eye....

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It sounds like she has Distichiasis or Trichiasis, which sounds much more complex than it really is - it's just eyelashes growing into the eye instead of outward. Sometimes you'll see this show up on a CERF result.

I don't know much about it, but I've read it a few times on CERF postings. I know a local Hav that has it, but it's one strong eyelash, so they just lift the eyelid and pull it when it gets long enough. I think freezing the eyelashes is the only way to make it permanent.

From my understanding, Distichiasis/Trichiasis
is not usually a big problem other than causing tears, but it can occasionally scratch the cornea.

Karen, I'm sorry you have one more procedure to consider, but I'm glad this one was an obvious problem solved (in diagnosing the tearing).

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Kimberly - Thanks for the name. That is exactly what they think it is. Now that I have a name, I will do more research.

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I hope it is helpful, Karen.

I think Distichiasis a general term for "extra eyelashes", and sometimes it means that an eyelash that is growing under the eyelid, too. It sounds like it can have a couple of meanings, but the general term is just that they are more than the usual line of hairs that we call eyelashes.
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By the way, there is another eyelash disorder called Trichiasis, which sounds similar. (I added this to my post above.) If I understand it correctly, Distichiasis is eyelashes growing in odd places, and Trichiasis is hairs growing in the correct place, but turning inward towards the eyes or touching the eye.

I'm not positive, but that's how I am recalling it.

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