Entropion is a condition in which an eyelid turns inward, rubbing against the eye, making it red, irritated, and sensitive to light and wind. If it is not treated, the condition can lead to excessive tearing, crusting of the eyelid, mucous discharge, and irritation of the eye. A serious inflammation could result in damage to the eye.
When the lid turns inward, the lashes and skin rub on the eye. You may have a feeling that something is in the eye, or there may be excessive tearing, crusting of the eyelid, or mucous discharge. Irritation of the cornea (the clear part of the eye that allows light to enter the eye) may develop from lashes rubbing on the eye.
A chronically turned in eyelid can result in acute sensitivity to light and wind, and may lead to eye infections, corneal abrasions, or corneal ulcers. If entropion exists, it is important to have a doctor repair the condition before permanent damage occurs to the eye.
Entropion can be diagnosed with an eye exam If you are concerned about your eyelids, call our office today for an appointment.
Several surgical procedures may be used to tighten the eyelid and eyelid attachments thus restoring some of its elasticity and repositioning it normally. Alternatively, tape or sutures can be used to reposition the eyelid and protect the eye temporarily. Lubricating drops and ointments are also helpful. Medications may also be used to control eyelid inflammation or irritation and to treat scars.