Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid turns inward so that the eyelashes and skin rub against the eye surface which causes irritation and discomfort. Entropion can be present at birth (congenital). In babies, it rarely causes problems because the lashes are very soft and do not easily damage the eye. In older people, the condition is most often caused by a spasm or weakening of the muscles surrounding the lower part of the eye.
HOW IS ENTROPION DIAGNOSED?
The diagnosis is usually done by an ophthalmologist who will perform a routine eye exam as well as a snap test. In this test, the doctor will gently pinch the eyelid open and let it fall back to see how soon it does so. This will point at the cause of the condition.
HOW IS ENTROPION TREATED?
In most cases, surgery is required to tighten the muscles around the eyelids. The surgery is performed under local anaesthesia by placing stitches on the eyelid to turn it outward. Repeated surgeries may be needed in about 15% of cases as the eyelid tissues continue to loosen with age.
DID YOU KNOW?
The surgery will involve the placement of stitches to tighten and hold the eyelid back.