Entropion is a condition that causes your eyelid to turn inward and causes your eyelashes to rub against the surface of your eye, causing irritation and discomfort.
Entropion can occur from a variety of factors, most commonly due to aging. If you experience Entropion, your eyelid may always be turned inward or only when you blink or squeeze your eyes shut. Although artificial tears and lubricating ointment may provide temporary relief, usually surgery is needed for a permanent solution.
What causes your lower eyelid to turn inward?
The most common cause of Entropion is due to aging. As you age, muscles and tendons around your eyes weaken and stretch causing your eyelids to turn inward.
Although aging is the most common cause, there are several other causes including eye infections, inflammation, as well as scars and trauma from previous surgeries.
What symptoms will I experience if I have Entropion?
Most of the signs and symptoms result from the irritation that occurs when your eyelashes rub against the surface of your eye. Symptoms include:
- Eye redness
- Eye irritation and pain
- Sensitivity to light
- Excessive watering
- Discharge from eye
Leaving Entropion untreated can be dangerous and may lead to the injury of your cornea, damage to your vision or even permanent damage.
How do you treat Entropion?
Depending on what is causing your eyelashes to turn inward different treatments are available. If your Entropin is caused by an inflammation or infection, it will usually resolve on its own. Although artificial tears and lubricating ointments may provide temporary relief, surgery is usually needed to correct it if it is a persistent problem.
What is involved in surgery?
When you have your initial appointment with your doctor, they will assess the condition of the tissue around your eyes. The type of surgery performed is determined by the cause of your Ectropion and the condition of your eyelid tissue. If your Entropion is the result of muscle and ligament relaxation due to aging, then your surgeon will likely remove a small section of the outer edge of your eyelid. For your eyelids to rest appropriately on your eye, the tendons and muscles are tightened by stitching your eyelid back together.
How long is the recovery?
The recovery from surgery is relatively short. You may be instructed to use a cold compress to decrease mild bruising and swelling. You can expect to experience temporary swelling and brushing around your eye. To treat this you may be instructed to apply a steroid cream as well as a cold compress.
A week following the surgery you will have your stitches removed. Residual swelling and bruising is expected to last around two weeks following surgery.