An entropion is where an eyelid turns inwards towards the eye. This causes the eyelashes to rub against the front of the eye (the cornea). The lower eyelid is most commonly affected.

What are the symptoms of an entropion?

  • Irritation and pain on the front of the eye.
  • Watery eye.
  • If left untreated, the cornea may become damaged (a corneal ulcer may develop). The cornea is vital for vision and a damaged cornea may affect eyesight.

What causes an entropion?

In Autralia, an entropion mainly occurs in older people when the small muscles around the eyelid become weak.

The main cause world-wide is due to trachoma. This is a common infection in tropical countries which affects the front of the eye. This can lead to scarring and disruption to the eyelid which makes it turn inwards.

What is the treatment for an entropion?

The usual treatment is a small operation to the eyelid. This turns the eyelid back to its normal position which stops the eyelashes rubbing on the eye. The operation is usually successful and prevents any further damage to the front of the eye.

Whilst awaiting an operation you may be prescribed lubricating eye ointment to help protect the cornea. Another temporary treatment whilst awaiting an operation is to tape the lower eyelid to the cheek.