Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon
    Dr Julia Sen, Consultant Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive & Cosmetic Surgeon

      ENTROPION

      What is Entropion?

      Lower eyelid entropion is a common condition where the lower eyelid rotates inwards causing the eyelashes to scratch against the surface of the eye causing irritation, foreign body sensation, redness, watering and stickiness. As a result is sometimes mistaken for conjunctivitis. The inversion of the eyelid is usually the result of laxity of the eyelid which becomes more common in later life and can also be associated with certain medical conditions such as obstructive sleep apnoea.

      It is also possible although less common for the upper eyelid to rotate inwards resulting in similar symptoms.

      Treatment

      Surgical treatment is usually necessary, although in lower lid entropion, temporary relief of up to three months can be achieved using an injection of botulinum toxin into the eyelid.
      Surgical correction involves tightening and reorientation of the eyelid. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic as a day case procedure (you would not stay in hospital overnight).

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