Entropion

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Entropion

What is an entropion?

An entropion is the inward folding of the eyelid that makes the eyelashes rub against the eye.


Signs and symptoms

Ocular irritation, redness, tearing, photophobia and a foreign body sensation in the eye.


Causes

It is normally caused by the laxity of tissue that comes with age, although there are many other causes too, such as scarring, previous surgery, tumors or as a result of trauma etc.


Consultation

In order to foresee and therefore prevent any complications, the patient must undergo a consultation with an oculoplastic surgeon to decide on the most adequate surgical procedure for the individual.


Treatment

This will consist of corrective surgery in order to avoid future ocular complications such as corneal ulcers and perforations. Patients will be treated as outpatients under local anesthetic and sedation. In the majority of cases the results are immediate with high levels of post-operative comfort.

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What is an ectropion? An ectropion is an eyelid malposition consisting in the outward folding of the eyelid so it does not sufficiently rest on the eye, thus leaving it exposed and unprotected. Signs and symptoms Eye irritation, redness, tearing, photophobia and a foreign body sensation in the eye. Causes The most common cause is […]

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ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT… Eyelid malpositions are defects in eyelid positionthat usually appear later in life. An eyelid rolled inward leads to an entropion, while an eyelid rolled outward causes an ectropion. Ectropion leaves the conjunctiva exposed, thus turning it red and potentially leading to its keratinization. Entropion makes eyelashes rub against the […]

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