Anyone who has ever had an ingrown hair knows just how painful that can be. Place that ingrown hair on the eyelid, which is already a sensitive part of the body, and the agony doubles. When an eyelash becomes ingrown, it is extremely important to treat it as soon as possible. Ingrown eyelashes left untreated have been known to cause scratching of the cornea, which could ultimately lead to blindness. The quickest way to treat an ingrown eyelash is to remove it yourself at home.
Wash the affected area with antibacterial soap and warm water. The antibacterial soap will not only remove dirt and debris from the eyelid but combat bacteria that could lead to infection. Blot dry with a clean towel.
Apply a heating pack to the eyelid. The heat from the pack will open the hair follicles, making it easier to remove the ingrown hair as well as help to soothe the pain and reduce inflammation.
Carefully remove the ingrown hair using tweezers and a magnifying mirror. It is best to do this in a well-lit place where you will be free of disturbances. If you are not able to remove the hair yourself, ask for the help of a friend.
Apply a cold compress to the eyelid. The compress will alleviate pain and reduce swelling. Use as needed until pain and swelling have subsided.
If you experience extreme pain, swelling, inflammation, or infection, see an optometrist immediately for professional treatment.