The term entropion refers to when the edge of the eyelid rotates inwards towards the eyeball, often causing the eyelashes to rub against the eyeball
What causes an entropion?
In the UK, the commonest cause of entropion is due to ageing. Age related weakening of the various tendons, which normally stabilise the eyelid and keep the normal blinking action in check, allow the eyelid to rotate inwards resulting in entropion formation. Some conditions which cause scarring of the back surface of the eyelids and/ or weakening of the muscles of the eyelid can also lead to the eyelid turning inwards.
What are the signs and symptoms of an entropion?
The eyelid rubs against the eye causing irritation, redness, watering and blurred vision. Very rarely, if left untreated, the constant rubbing of the cornea may lead a sight threatening infection and ulceration of the cornea.