What Is Entropion and How Is It Treated?

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Entropion is when the eyelid starts to turn inward towards the eye. As the eyelashes rub against the cornea, it can lead to irritation, pain, watery eyes, corneal damage, or the development of corneal ulcers. The most common cause is a trachoma infection, but it can also be caused by other infections or damage to your eye. Here are some ways that it can be treated:

Taping

Attach transparent tape from your eyelid to your cheek. A doctor should show you how to apply it to stop your eyelid from turning inward.

Botox

Botulinum Toxin can be injected into the muscles of your eyelid. Although this isn’t the best option, it’s a safe and effective method to fix the problem, especially for children with a corneal defect.

Lubrication

Lubricating your eyes won’t fix the problem, but it can protect your cornea until you can determine the best method to remedy it.

Stitches

Your doctor will start by numbing the area around your eye. Then, 2-3 stitches will be used to pull the eyelid out of the way. The scar tissue will continue to prevent the eyelid from turning inward for a while, but this isn’t a long-term solution.

Surgery

The most successful and permanent way to fix the problem is through surgery. The surgeon will turn your eyelid back to where it should be, so you won’t have problems for several years if ever again.

If you’ve noticed that your eyelid is starting to turn inward, stop by Dr. Chan’s office as soon as possible. We can examine your eye and help you get the treatment that you need so you won’t experience any damage to your cornea.

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