Hypotrichosis of the eyelashes


What Is Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes?

Hypotrichosis of the eyelashes, also known as sparse eyelashes, is a condition that causes thin, brittle, sparse eyelashes. It can affect any age but is most commonly seen in children. In some cases, the condition can be so severe that the eyelashes fall out completely. Hypotrichosis of the eyelashes can be caused by genetic factors, a lack of vitamins, or from certain medical conditions or medications.

Symptoms of Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes

The primary symptom of hypotrichosis of the eyelashes is sparse or thinning lashes. Other common signs of the condition can include:

  • Inflamed eyelids
  • Itching or burning of the eyes
  • Redness of the eyelids
  • Crusting around the base of the eyelashes
  • Loss of eyelashes

Causes of Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes

There are several potential causes of hypotrichosis of the eyelashes. These can include:

  • Genetic factors, such as a family history of the condition
  • Deficiencies in vitamins or minerals
  • Certain medical conditions, such as thyroid disease or eyelid inflammation
  • Excessive use of medications, such as steroids or antibiotics
  • Certain allergies, such as contact allergies or eczema
  • Infections, such as bacteria or viruses
  • Aging

Treatments for Hypotrichosis of the Eyelashes

Treatment for hypotrichosis of the eyelashes may involve addressing any underlying medical condition or correcting any vitamin deficiency. It may also involve using serums to restore the health of the lashes, or extensions or artificial lashes applied to the eyelids. Your doctor may also recommend using an eyepatch to prevent exposure to environmental irritants. In some cases, a topical or oral medication may be prescribed to help reduce inflammation and promote lash regrowth.