Entropion Repair can Eliminate Corneal Discomfort and Restore Vision
Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid begins to roll or fold inward, causing the eyelashes and skin to rub against the sensitive cornea. This malposition can lead to severe irritation and infection, and can ultimately damage to the cornea. Dr. Dustin Heringer can perform a relatively simple outpatient procedure to correct the condition, or prescribe a wide range of other helpful remedies. Early treatment for this condition can relieve painful symptoms and protect your ocular health. Contact us online to speak with an entropion expert at Arizona Ocular and Facial Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, today, or call 480-949-5990 to schedule an appointment.
What is Entropion?
Entropion can occur in either one or both eyes when the eyelid folds inward, causing the skin and eyelashes to rub against the eye, causing damage to both the eyelid and the cornea. This condition can affect the upper and lower eyelid, but mainly affects the lower. When it occurs in both eyes, it is referred to as bilateral entropion. Entropion can affect any one of any age, but most commonly affects individuals aged 60 years or older.
There are a few different causes of entropion:
- Aging, and the development of loose skin and muscles around the eye
- Congenital defects can result in infants suffering from the condition
- Scarring or trauma that leads to scar tissue of the eyelid
- An eye infection called trachoma, which is caused by bacteria and can scar and damage the inner eyelid, causing the eyelid to turn inwards
As with other eyelid malposition conditions, entropion often develops as you age, and symptoms develop over time. Once the eyelid begins to roll inward, you may begin to notice:
- Watery eyes
- Redness and irritation
- Worsening or loss of vision
- Corneal infections
These symptoms can lead to significant discomfort, but you should seek treatment even if pain is minimal. Earlier care can help prevent serious damage to your eye and preserve your vision.
How does Entropion Affect Vision?
When either of the eyelids turn inwards towards the eye, the eyelashes begin to point inward, too. Once they begin to rub against the front surface of the eye, or the cornea, the eye can become irritated, red, and may start to water. The skin and eyelashes can also introduce bacteria into the eye, leading to infections. Irritation or infection can permanently damage your cornea. In some cases, a corneal ulcer may develop and scar tissue can form, limiting vision.
For non-invasive treatment, Dr. Heringer can strategically place medical tape or sutures on outside of the eyelid in order to pull the lashes away from the eye and temporarily relieve irritation. Lubrication eyedrops and medication can also be used to sooth the eye. For some patients, BOTOX® injections may be used to tighten the eyelid and surrounding skin to turn the eyelid outward.
Most cases, however, will require reconstructive surgery by Dr. Heringer. During a minor outpatient procedure, Dr. Heringer can gently tighten the skin and muscles around the eyelid, and then use sutures to turn the eyelid back towards a proper position. Patients typically notice improvements in their vision and symptoms within a day or two. Dr. Heringer will prescribe you eyedrops that help soothe discomfort, and an eye patch to protect your eye during sleep.
Protect Your Vision
Entropion is a common condition that Dr. Heringer can repair quickly and effectively at his state-of-the-art facility, along with many other facial and eyelid reconstructive surgeries. Contact our office online for more information, or call us at 480-949-5990 to schedule an appointment.