A 19-year-old man grew hair on his eyeball. According to a report dated Jan. 2, a rare tumor known as a limbal dermoids caused hair to grow on the man's eyeball.
Yahoo News also reported on Jan. 2 that the tumor that caused the hair to grow on the man's eyeball was less than a quarter of an inch in diameter. That tumor then sprouted several hairs.
"That is too gross," Shelly Peyton, from Oklahoma City, said. "I can't imagine a hairy eyeball. That makes me sick at my stomach. I'd hate to see a hairy eyeball."
The young man had the limbal dermoid removed. Some people elect not to have the hair-growing tumors removed, seeing they do not always cause pain or problems. Removing them does not change their eyesight.
Dr. Mark Fromer, the director of the Fromer Eye Centers in New York City, has only seen a few cases of limbal dermoid during his career. He said they rarely cause vision problems because they do not cover the center of the cornea.