Entropion is a condition where the eyelids turn inward. This condition occurs primarily due to aging changes of the skin and muscle in the lower eyelids, but can also be due to scarring of the conjunctiva. A thorough exam can differentiate the cause of entropion. Patients with entropion complain of a foreign body sensation, due to eyelashes rubbing against the eye; their eyes are often red and irritated. If left untreated, entropion can predispose patients to sight-threatening corneal infections and scarring.
Although the irritation associated with entropion can be temporarily managed with artificial tears or other lubricants, and eyelid taping, surgical repair restores the eyelid’s normal anatomy and can prevent damage to the eye.