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Entropion (turning-in eyelid)

Entropion is a condition in which your eyelid turns inwards so that the lashes rub against the eye making it red, sore and watery. If not treated it can lead to serious infection and damage to the eye.

 

What causes it?

Weakening of the eyelid muscles and laxity of eyelid tendons, mainly as a result of age, can make the eyelid unstable and prone to turning in. Entropion can also occur as a result of trauma, scarring or surgery. It usually affects the lower eyelid, although occasionally is can affect the upper lid.

 

What you might experience:

the eyelid turns in, your eyelashes rub against the front of the eye. You may feel that you have something in your eye. You may experience your eye watering, crusting or producing mucous discharge. If the lashes irritate the cornea your eye may become sensitive to light.

 

Is entropion serious?

Left untreated an entropion can cause serious infection of the cornea. It is important to correct the lid position before any permanent damage occurs.

 

What treatment is needed?

There are some temporary measures that can make the eye more comfortable while you are awaiting surgical correction. You can use surgical tape attached just below the lashes to pull down the lower lid, back into a normal position. Lubricating drops, gel or ointment can help keep the eye comfortable. Correction of entropion requires surgery.

Who will I see for treatment?

Eyelid problems can all be treated by our Oculoplastic Specialists: Miss Clarke, Mr Osborne, Mr Boyce.

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