Entropion is a medical condition in which the eyelids turn inwards causing the eyelashes to rub against the surface of the eye. Thus friction causes irritation and discomfort. Symptoms are:
• Turning in of the eyelid when blinking or closing eyelids
• Irritation and discomfort in the eye
• Redness of eye
• Mucus discharge or crusting of eyelid
• Decreased vision
• Watery eyes
• Sensitivity to light and wind
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.