Ectropion and Entropion eyelids occur when the skin and muscles around the eyelid loosen. The result is that the eyelid can turn outwards (Ectropion) away from the eye, or inwards (Entropion) rolling into the eye. Both cause irritation and soreness, prompting the eye to water heavily. Either can be corrected with surgery.
An entropion eyelid occurs when the eyelid rolls inwards. Typically, it affects the lower eyelid but it can also affect the upper lid. The main symptom of entropion eyelid is a discomfort caused by irritation from the eyelashes. This is because the inward roll of the eyelid results in the eyelashes rubbing against the eye.
The condition can be present from birth but is more commonly infection or age-related. Severe entropion can be quite painful and can cause damage to the cornea due to the irritation, occasionally resulting in vision loss. Eye drops can prevent the eye from becoming dry and may relieve symptoms, but surgery is usually required to permanently correct the condition.
After surgery, you will have some bruising and swelling and will be asked to apply antibiotic cream to the treated area for 1 – 2 weeks depending on prescription.
Beyond this, we encourage you to use a moisturiser to the healing skin for three months in order to achieve the best results. Bruising and swelling can be minimised with regular cold-compress packs, arnica cream and tablets, and sleeping more upright with extra pillows for the first few days. A short course of ibuprofen may also reduce swelling and discomfort.