I recently went to my opthalmologist with a raging infection in one eye I had been unable to cure myself over about 2 weeks. Prior to this I had experienced dry, red eyes for some time, but always blamed it on the dust in my area.
She diagnosed microscopic parasites that burrow into the base of the eyelashes. The dryness and redness was due to the little buggers tossing their parasite trash into my eyes(!), and my eyelashes had become quite stubby and sparse.
She gave me drops for the infection and dryness, but says what will cure the parasite problem is scrubbing the base of both my upper and lower lashes with cotton gauze dipped in warm water with a drop of baby shampoo, morning and evening, for a month. Rinse well, of course.
I am ten days into the program and cannot believe how white my eyes have become, and the lashes are already starting to grow back!
Best to all,