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 condition is easily diagnosed by a visual examination by an ophthalmology expert. The doctor may perform a snap test to confirm the condition.
HOW IS ENTROPION TREATED?
The treatment approach depends on the cause of the entropion. Nonsurgical treatments are available to relieve symptoms and protect your eye from damage which are soft contact lens, stitches that turn the eyelid outward, botox and skin tape. A surgery may be suggestive in severe cases.
DID YOU KNOW?
Dry eye and irritation may increase the risk of corneal abrasions, corneal ulcers and other eye infections. Entropion can be caused by:
• Muscle weakness.
• Scars or previous surgeries.
• Eye infection.
• Developmental complication.