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Am J Ophthalmol. 1992 Jan 15;113(1):71-4.

Argon laser treatment of trichiasis.

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Department of Ophthalmology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905.


The argon laser was used to treat trichiasis in 44 patients over a five-year period. During follow-up intervals of between one month and more than four years (mean, 13 months), ablation of misdirected cilia was accomplished with one treatment in 26 patients (59%). No complications were observed. Laser is less effective than cryotherapy for destroying aberrant eyelashes, but cryotherapy is less precise and incites greater posttreatment inflammation. Argon laser treatment is a useful option when only a few, scattered eyelashes require ablation or in patients with disorders such as ocular pemphigoid, in which the stimulation of inflammation is undesirable.

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