As we age, the muscles throughout our body can become weaker due to the natural aging process. As a result of this muscle weakening, the eyelid may malfunction, resulting in a “turning in” of the eyelid, or entropion.
Milan Eye Center, with multiple locations around the metro Atlanta area, has a team of board-certified eye surgeons with extensive experience performing a number of eyelid surgeries, including entropion repair. Read on to learn more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment methods for entropion.
Entropion occurs when the eyelid rolls inward toward the eye. This eye condition is most often a result of aging as the eyelid muscles weaken, but may also occur due to a chemical injury, skin infections, scarring, complications from another surgery, or trauma.
When the eyelid rolls inward, skin and eyelashes may cause significant damage or irritation to the eye. The most common symptoms of entropion include eye irritation and dry eyes.
As with most eye conditions, the exact treatment method is dependent on the specific needs of the patient. 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, your ophthalmologist 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.
Requiring only local anesthesia and light sedation, entropion repair is a brief, outpatient procedure. After surgery, your doctor may recommend that you wear a patch or bandage for 24 hours to protect your eye from outside irritants and to minimize bleeding. Your Milan Eye Center ophthalmologist will also give you specific eye drops and ointments to help fight infection and to aid in the eyelid’s recovery process.
You may also elect to take some pain relief medication, such as Tylenol, after the surgery to help relieve the symptoms of any soreness around the eye. Within a few weeks, you should expect any bruising and swelling to resolve as your eye heals.
If you are experiencing symptoms of entropion or another eyelid condition, please schedule a preliminary consultation at the Milan Eye Center location nearest you. Our award-winning team of eye surgeons helps patients across the Atlanta area find treatment for and relief from a number of conditions affecting the eye and eyelid.
Please call our office at (678) 381-2020 or make an appointment online if you’re interested in learning more about entropion repair.
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