Entropion is the term used to describe the inward turning of the lower eyelid and eyelashes towards the surface of the eye. This leads to the skin and eyelashes rubbing against the front surface of the eyeball. Apart from the feeling of constant soreness, irritation and watering, an entropion can also cause loss of vision if it is not treated promptly. Mr Yadav is an oculoplastic surgeon who specialises in all forms of entropion correction.
What causes entropion?
The most common cause of entropion is ageing as the skin and muscles of the eyelid lose their normal elasticity. However, nerve injuries and scarring of the eyelids and surrounding tissues can also cause this condition.
How is entropion treated?
Entropion can temporarily be manged with eyelid taping and lubricating eye drops. However, surgery is required urgently in almost all cases to avoid permanent damage to the front of the eye. There are various surgical options and Mr Yadav will select the correct procedure for you.
What happens after entropion surgery?
A pressure pad is placed over the eye to minimise the bruising and swelling. This may be removed in an hour or left for a day depending on the surgery. After the pad is removed, you will use an ointment to use for 2 weeks to prevent infection and help the eyelid to heal quickly. You may be given a plastic shield to use at night for 2 weeks to protect the stitches.
What are the risks of entropion surgery?
Entropion surgery is a very low risk procedure. It is normal for the eyelid to be bruised and swollen for a few days after the operation. The eye can occasionally feel gritty and artificial tear drops can help with this. Mr Yadav will aim to hide the scar within the natural contours of your face so visible scarring is minimal. Rare complications include recurrence over time and the need for repeat surgery.