An entropion typically occurs on the lower eyelid when the skin and lashes rub painfully against the cornea. An entropion may cause the lid to turn in all the time or only when the eyes are closed tightly. This condition is usually the result of aging as the muscles around the eyes weaken. It can also arise from a muscle spasm, an injury or inflammatory conditions.
Temporary symptomatic relief is possible with lubricating eye drops, skin tape to hold the eyelid in place or strategically placed stitches. On occasion, Botox may be used to temporarily relax the eyelid while awaiting a more definitive surgical repair. Most often, an entropion requires correction through a brief surgical procedure in which Dr. Scott repositions the eyelid(s). Inward-turning eyelids can cause skin and eyelashes to rub against the eye. Left untreated, this can damage your vision. As a fellowship-trained eyelid plastic surgeon, Dr. Scott can correct an entropion on an outpatient basis. At times, more than one procedure may be needed to achieve the best results.
Keep in mind that results vary according to the individual patient and the chosen procedure. Dr. Scott will explain all surgical procedures as any procedure, no matter how minor or major, has risks.
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