As we age, the muscles around our eyes can weaken, leading to laxity the eyelid. Entropion is a condition that develops from muscle weakness that causes the eyelid to turn inward. The eyelashes and skin can then rub against the eye, causing tearing, irritation, redness, and sensitivity to light. If entropion is left untreated for a prolonged period of time, it can lead to damage to the surface of your eye and decreased vision.
Entropion can be diagnosed on routine eye exam. There are several options to treat an entropion. At the time of your consultation, Dr. Munroe will review all treatment options with you.
Entropion often requires surgical treatment. Lubricating ointments and taping the eyelid can be helpful in protecting the eye in mild cases or while you are awaiting surgery. Temporary sutures and BOTOX injections can sometimes be used as an alternative to surgery.
Entropion repair is generally performed under local anesthesia in the office or in an outpatient setting. The surgery involves tightening any weakness of the eyelid and its attachments to restore the lid to its normal position.
You may experience a little discomfort after surgery and your eyelid may feel a little tight. As the eyelids heal, you will start to feel more comfortable. You can expect any swelling and bruising to fade in about two weeks.