What is entropion?


What are the symptoms of entropion?

When you have entropion, you may have a hard time closing your eye fully. You may feel eye pain. You may also feel like there is something in your eye. Your eye may feel dry. Or you may have watery eyes or tears that may run down your face.

How is entropion treated?

Artificial tears can help relieve your symptoms and keep the surfaces of the eyes moist. If your condition is painful or if it causes other eye problems, your doctor may talk to you about surgery. There are several surgeries that may help give you relief.

How is entropion diagnosed?

Your doctor can usually diagnose entropion by examining your eyelids and your eye. Your doctor will check the health of the surface of the eye (cornea) and the lining of the eyelids.

How do you care for yourself when you have entropion?

Artificial tears can help relieve your symptoms and keep the surfaces of the eyes moist. You can buy artificial tears without a prescription. You can also use special skin tape to pull the edge of your lid and eyelashes away from the surface of your eye. This can help protect your eye from irritation.

What is entropion?

Entropion is an eye problem in which the eyelid and the eyelashes turn inward. This can cause the eyelashes to rub against the eye. It happens most often in the lower eyelid, but it can also occur in the upper eyelid.

Entropion: When to call

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

  • You have new or worse eye pain.
  • You have new or worse redness in your eye.
  • You have symptoms of an eye infection, such as:
    • Pus or thick discharge coming from the eye.
    • Redness or swelling around the eye.
    • A fever.
  • Light hurts your eye.
  • You have vision changes.
  • You do not get better as expected.

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