One of the most common eye conditions that people experience as they age is entropion. Entropion is an eyelid malposition that occurs when the eyelid turns in toward the eye. Typically, entropion occurs in the lower eyelid. In some people entropion may be present at all times, while for others, it may occur only when the eyes are shut.
If you think you might have entropion, don’t hesitate to contact the eyelid specialists at the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence. You can reach us at (888) 384-0981 or fill out our online form.
Common Symptoms of Entropion
When the eyelid turns in toward the eye, it can create a number of problems for the patient. Chief among these are:
- Pain and irritation of the eyes
- Excessive tearing
- A feeling of something being in the eyes
- Redness of the eyes
- Sensitivity to wind and light
- Impaired vision
Common Causes of Entropion
Entropion may occur due to a variety of causes. The most common of these is muscle weakness due to age. This occurs as the muscles and tendons under the eye relax, causing the eyelid to turn inward.
Other potential causes of entropion include chemical burns or scars from past surgeries. Trachoma, a type of eye infection, is also a common cause of entropion in parts of Africa and Asia, although much less common in North America. Entropion has also been known to be present at birth in rare cases.
How to Treat Entropion
While in some cases you will be able to relieve the symptoms of entropion with temporary treatments such as skin tape, Botox, or stitches, the most successful method for repairing entropion is surgery. There are several different types of surgeries, and the technique your doctor chooses will depend up your specific case. Typically, however, the surgery will involve the removal of a small part of the affected eyelid in order to tighten the muscles and tendons. This will allow the eyelid to sit against the eye in the proper manner once again.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are the long-term risks of living with entropion?
A: The main risk of living with entropion is the potential for damage to the cornea, which is the transparent front part of the eye that covers the iris and pupil. If left untreated, entropion can cause corneal breakdown and lead to permanent vision loss.
Q: Will I have to stay in the hospital after entropion repair surgery?
A: No. This is an outpatient procedure with relatively quick recovery times. While you may have some bruising and/or swelling immediately following the procedure, this typically passes within a few days.
Q: Is the surgery painful?
A: The majority of patients feel no pain during the procedure, although some feel slight discomfort as the eyelid heals.
Q: Will entropion repair surgery affect my eyesight?
A: Because the procedure deals only with the eyelids and the surrounding muscles and tendons, it will have no effect whatsoever on your ability to see.
Q: Is entropion repair surgery safe?
A: Yes. It is a safe and common surgery, especially when performed by a doctor with expertise and experience in eyelid malposition surgery.
Q: What can I do to relieve the painful symptoms of entropion until I have my surgery?
A: It is important that you keep the cornea well lubricated so that it doesn’t dry out and become damaged. The best way to do this until you have surgery is to use artificial tears. Another option is to use skin tape to pull your eyelid away from the eye so it doesn’t rub against and irritate the cornea.
Schedule a Consultation with an Eyelid Surgeon
At the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence, we encourage you never to take risks with your eyes. If you are suffering from the symptoms of entropion or any other eyelid malposition, don’t wait to contact an expert. Our doctors are world-renowned eyelid surgeons with the expertise and experience to help you. Call us today at (888) 384-0981 to schedule a consultation or fill out our online form.
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