The association between epilation and corneal opacity among eyes with trachomatous trichiasis

Emily S. West, Beatriz Munoz, A. Imeru, W. Alemayehu, M. Melese, Sheila K West

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Aim: To examine the association between epilation and corneal opacity (CO) among trichiasis patients presenting for surgery. Methods: Cross sectional data from the STAR trial were utilised. Patients presenting for trichiasis surgery in Wolayta Zone, Ethiopia, were evaluated for current trichiasis status. Number of inturned lashes, evidence of epilation, level of entropion, trichiasis duration, and CO were collected. The primary outcome was prevalence of CO, stratified by entropion and epilation status. Results: Approximately 10% of eyes with mild entropion had CO, regardless of epilation status. Among eyes with moderate entropion, epilated eyes were less likely to have CO than non-epilated eyes (21% v 34% p = 0.002). The same association was seen in eyes with severe entropion: 43% of epilated eyes while 74% of non-epilated eyes had CO (p

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-174
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume90
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

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The association between epilation and corneal opacity among eyes with trachomatous trichiasis. / West, Emily S.; Munoz, Beatriz; Imeru, A.; Alemayehu, W.; Melese, M.; West, Sheila K.

In: British Journal of Ophthalmology, Vol. 90, No. 2, 02.2006, p. 171-174.

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