Entropion is a condition in which your eyelid turns inwards instead of outwards. Your eyelashes then rub against the eye, causing irritation and discomfort. It can be seen in older adults, but I have also seen it in babies, as well as Asians. Entropion can eventually cause damage to the cornea, resulting in eye infections and vision loss.
- The feeling that something is in your eye
- Eye redness
- Eye irritation or pain
- Sensitivity to light and wind
- Watery eyes (excessive tearing)
- Mucous discharge and eyelid crusting
- Decreased vision
Artificial tears and lubricating ointments can help relieve symptoms of entropion. Often, I will remove a few of the eyelashes during the eye examination. I have also prescribed contact lenses, which acts as a barrier between the eyelash and the eye.Surgery can also correct entropion.