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What is entropion?

What is entropion? Entropion is the medical term used to describe rolling inward of the lower eyelid and eyelashes towards the eye. Why it happens? The main cause is age induced excessive laxity of the supporting tissues of the lower lids. Entropion in the lower lids may be due to trachoma and other chronic conjunctival diseases. Clinical Symptoms Irritation and ocular discomfort are the main symptoms that are induced by in-rolling of eye lashes and rubbing against the cornea. Treatment Entropion should be repaired surgically before the rubbing damages the cornea by causing infection and scarring. The surgery to repair Entropion is usually performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient. In most cases, your doctor will tighten the eyelid and its attachments. After your eyelids heal, your eye will feel comfortable and you will not longer have the risk of corneal scarring, infection, and loss of vision. Precautions Patients should hold all medications that can increase the chance of pre- and post-operative bleeding, such as aspirin, ibuprofen, warfarin, 2 weeks before surgery.