What is entropion?

What is entropion?

04 August 2022

Entropion occurs when the eyelid turns inward toward the eyeball. This causes the eyelid skin and eyelashes to rub against the eye. The friction often causes discomfort and irritation to the cornea, the clear part of the eye.

Entropion usually occurs on the lower eyelid and can occur on one or both sides (bilateral entropion). If left untreated, it can damage the cornea and lead to vision loss.

Entropion is common in adults over age 60 because the eyelid supports weaken with age, allowing the eyelid muscles to turn more easily. Other causes of entropion include eye injury, infection or previous eye surgery.

It is important to treat entropion to avoid complications that may be permanent. Complications associated with an inwardly turned eyelid include:

  • Eye infections.
  • Corneal abrasions.
  • Loss of vision.

Entropion causes many uncomfortable symptoms in the eye. When the condition first develops, symptoms may occur only occasionally. However, over time, symptoms usually become constant. Signs of entropion include

  • Sensation of having something in the eye.
  • Red eyes.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Eye pain.
  • Sensitivity to light and wind.
  • Drainage or crusting.

It is important to have regular visits to the ophthalmologist. Make your appointment online.

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