Dr. Brad Holmberg DVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVO
Dr. Brad HolmbergDVM, MS, PhD, Diplomate ACVO   

Ectopic Cilia

Ectopic cilia are short, stout eyelashes that exit through the underside of the eyelid and constantly abrade the corneal surface. These hairs can cause significant corneal ulceration and pain. Young (1-2 year old) Shih Tzus are the most common breed affected. Placement of a contact lens can provide temporary relief and allow the corneal ulcer to improve. However, surgery to remove these offending hairs is the treatment of choice and involves removing the entire hair and follicle and then performing cryotherapy to prevent recurrence.




Dr. Brad Holmberg


Animal Eye Center

48 Notch Road

Little Falls, NJ 07424



(973) 890-4430





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