Entropion is a “turning out” of the eyelid, typically occurring on the lower eyelid, where the skin of the inner eyelid is exposed either in one section of the eye or across the entire eyelid. This prevents tears from draining from the eye correctly, resulting in irritation.
Entropion Surgery Procedure
As with most eye conditions, the exact treatment method is dependent on the specific needs of the patient and the cause of entropion:
- Entropion due to muscle weakness: The surgery may involve the removal of a small section of the eyelid to tighten the muscles in the area.
- Entropion due to scars or prior surgery: The procedure may rely on a skin graft to allow a repositioning of the eyelid.
Some mild to moderate cases of entropion can be temporarily treated with nonsurgical methods, such as lubricating eye drops, eyelid tape, or sutures. By adding strategically placed sutures inside the eyelid, Dr. Braunstein may be able to help support the eyelid enough that it does not rub against the eye.
Most instances of entropion, however, must eventually be treated through surgical methods in order to prevent vision loss and permanent damage to the eye. Entropion repair is an outpatient procedure that typically only requires local anesthesia and a mild sedative. Depending on the exact needs of the patient, entropion repair may involve the removal of a small section of the eyelid or a skin graft to help reposition the eyelid.