What is Entropion?
Entropion is an inward turning of the lower eyelid margin against the eyeball. Patients complain of the lashes rubbing against the eye, which can cause damage to the cornea by ulceration and infection.
Basic Causes Include:
- Age. The eyelid is held in good position by two sets of muscles. One pulls the eyelid away from the eyeball, while the other turns the lid towards the eyeball. When an imbalance in this system favors the set pulling towards the eye, an entropion results. This imbalance is a natural consequence of the aging process.
- Scarring. This may result from many different diseases or injuries again causing the characteristic imbalance in the muscles controlling the lower lid.
- Congenital. An entropion from birth is very rare.
- Spasticity. Here the eyes are closed because of inflammation, eye surgery or injury. The lower lid may turn on itself due to this strenuous attempt at closure.
Treatment is surgical in most cases, except for the temporary spastic entropion, which will clear up when the inciting agent is removed. The purpose of surgery is to strengthen the muscles that draw the lid away from the eye. Sometimes a better approach is to tighten up the whole lid to put it in better position. Each patient is different, and many factors are taken into consideration in planning the correct surgical procedure. Entropion repair is done with a local anesthetic and takes only a few minutes to perform.
Do You Have Entropion?
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