The purpose of the study was to report a case of focal trichiasis causing full-thickness corneal edema, scarring, and endothelial cell loss requiring penetrating keratoplasty (PK). A 66-year-old male was referred for trichiasis of the right upper eyelid corresponding to an area of full-thickness corneal edema. No keratic precipitates or guttata was noted. Specular microscopy showed diffuse endothelial cell loss. He was treated with topical steroids and acyclovir with epilation of lashes. Anterior chamber paracentesis was negative for varicella-zoster virus, cytomegalovirus, and herpes simplex virus. The patient developed diffuse stromal scarring with a decrease in vision and ultimately underwent PK with preceding eyelid repair. To the best of our knowledge, we present the first reported case of chronic trichiasis causing full-thickness corneal edema, scarring, and endothelial cell loss requiring PK.
- penetrating keratoplasty
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