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What is entropion?

Entropion also occurs most commonly as a result of aging. Infection and scarring inside the eyelid are other causes of entropion. When the eyelid turns inward, the eyelashes and skin rub against the eye, making it red, irritated, watery and sensitive to light and wind.

If entropion is not treated, an infection may develop on the clear surface of the eye called the cornea.

With surgery, the eyelid can be turned outward to its normal position, protecting the eye and improving these symptoms.

Jeffrey S. Heier, MD
Ophthalmology
Entropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid rolls in, toward the eye. Because the lashes constantly rub against the cornea, entropion may produce irritation, a feeling of something in the eye, tearing, and blurring. This disorder can be corrected with a relatively simple surgical procedure. Sometimes, in mild cases, it helps to tape the lower lid to the cheek every night so the edge of the lid and the lashes are in the proper position.

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