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What is an entropion

Entropion is a condition in which the eyelid rolls inward, causing the lashes to rub against the eye. This can lead to a variety of symptoms, including redness, irritation, pain, and even vision loss if left untreated. In this blog post, we will discuss the causes of entropion, the symptoms and diagnosis, and the available treatment options.

Entropion can be caused by a number of factors, including age-related changes in the eyelid, injury, or certain medical conditions such as Bell's palsy. In older adults, the eyelid can weaken and turn inward due to the natural aging process, this is called involutional entropion. In some cases, entropion can also be caused by genetic disorders and is more prevalent in certain races at a young age.

The symptoms of entropion can include redness, irritation, pain and vision loss. The eyelid can also become swollen and the eye can produce excessive tears. The patient may also have a foreign body sensation, light sensitivity, and even develop corneal ulcers.

Entropion is usually diagnosed by an ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon during a routine eye examination. The doctor will examine the eyelid and may use a special dye to highlight any areas of irritation or damage. They may also perform a visual acuity test to check for any vision loss caused by the condition.

Treatment for entropion depends on the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, non-surgical methods such as eyelid weights or eyelid-lifting exercises can be used to reposition the eyelid. In most cases, surgery is necessary to correct the condition. Surgery can involve repositioning the eyelid or removing a small section of the eyelid to correct the problem.

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