Entropion is an eye problem in which the eyelid and the eyelashes turn inward. This can cause the eyelashes to rub against the eye. It happens most often in the lower eyelid, but it can also occur in the upper eyelid.
Entropion is often caused by aging. As people get older, the skin can sag. The muscles that control the eyelids weaken. Other causes include infection or an injury to the nerves that control the muscles in the eyelids.
Your doctor can usually diagnose entropion by examining your eyelids and your eye. He or she will check the health of the surface of the eye (cornea) and the lining of the eyelids.
When you have entropion, you may have:
At home, you can try artificial tears to relieve the symptoms and keep the surface of the eye moist. You can buy artificial tears without a prescription.
To put in eyedrops or ointment:
If entropion is painful or if it causes other eye problems, your doctor may talk to you about surgery. There are several surgeries that may help give you relief.
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: March 3, 2017
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
& Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Christopher J. Rudnisky, MD, MPH, FRCSC - Ophthalmology
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