What is an Entropion?
An entropion, also known as an in-turned eyelid, is a condition that occurs when the eyelid rolls inward towards the eye. This causes the eyelashes to rub against the surface of the eye, causing numerous problems. The most common cause of entropion is muscle weakness due to aging. However, things like previous trauma, pre-existing medical conditions, or previous surgery can cause this condition as well.
What is the Treatment for an Entropion Like?
An entropion can be diagnosed during a routine eye exam. Once it is diagnosed, it can be surgically treated.
The most common surgical method your oculofacial plastic surgeon will use involves the tightening of the eyelid and its attachments. This restores the eyelid to its natural position.
Surgery to fix an entropion can generally be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia. Sedation may or may not be used, depending on the severity of your condition. Following the surgery, an antibiotic ointment will be used to keep the area from becoming infected.
When Should I Consider Undergoing Treatment for an Entropion?
Once it is diagnosed, it should be treated as soon as possible to prevent permanent corneal damage. Common symptoms of entropion include:
- Discharge coming from the eye
- Red eye
- Sensitivity to light and wind
If you experience any of these aforementioned issues, consider contacting us for a consultation with one of our board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeons.
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