Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid is turned inward. It is typically a consequence of advanced age. Dr. Edmonson treats patients that have ectropion, in Huntsville, AL.
What are the symptoms of an entropion?
- Irritation and pain on the front of the eye.
- Watery eye.
- If left untreated, the front of the eye (cornea) may become damaged (a corneal ulcer may develop). The cornea is vital for vision and a damaged cornea may affect eyesight.
What causes an entropion?
In the USA, entropion mainly occurs in older people, associated with weakness of the small muscles around the eyelid.
The main cause worldwide is due to trachoma. This is a common infection in tropical countries, which affects the front of the eye. This can lead to scarring and disruption to the eyelid, which makes it turn inwards.
Less common causes include other eye infections or damage. Rarely, people can be born with a defect that causes the eyelid to turn inward.
What is the treatment for an entropion?
If the cause is likely to be temporary, such as an infection or minor injury, the following may be enough until the condition recovers:
- Taping the eyelid to the cheek; or
- Injecting the muscles of the eyelid with botulinum toxin.
Lubricating eye ointment is often prescribed in the meantime to protect the front of the eye (cornea).
If you have a condition which is unlikely to recover by itself, you will be offered surgery. Dr. Edmonson performs a small operation to turn the eyelid back to its normal position. This stops the eyelashes from rubbing on the eye. The operation is usually successful and prevents any further damage to the front of the eye.