Entropion

Entropion


Entropion is where the eyelid turns inwards causing the lashes and lid skin to rub against the surface of the eye. Lower lid entropion usually occurs as the tissues and muscles of the eyelids become weaker with aging. Entropion not usually serious, but can be quite uncomfortable. Entropion mainly affects the lower eyelid and can occur in one or both eyes. The inward turning of the eyelid makes the eyes water, sore, red and irritated. Entropion can also make your eyes feel dry and gritty and more vulnerable to bacterial infections, such as conjunctivitis. Most cases of lower lid entropion are associated with ageing. Temporary relief can be achieved by applying surgical tape from below the eyelid margin towards the cheek. Surgery for entropion is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. A number of surgical procedures are used to correct entropion, the choice of procedure will be determined by your surgeon and depends on the severity and underlying cause. In general, a small part of the eyelid margin is removed from the outer corner of the eyelid. Your surgeon will then reposition the eyelid correctly using stitches so that the eyelashes no longer rub against the eye. Following surgery, a protective pad will be placed over your eye for approximately 24 hours. A course of antibiotic and steroid drops or ointment will usually be prescribed to help prevent infection and reduce inflammation.