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Entropion (turning-in lid)

Entropion is a condition in which your eyelid turns inwards so that the lashes rub against the eye making it red, sore and watery. If not treated it can lead to serious infection and damage to the eye.

What is Entropion?

Entropion is an eye condition caused by the loss of elasticity in muscles around the eye and laxity of eyelid. It results in the muscles of the eyelid overlapping and the eyelashes turning inwards towards the eyeball, causing pain and discomfort, and possible damage to the cornea (transparent front surface of the eye). It usually affects the lower eyelid, although occasionally it can affect the upper lid.


The most frequent cause of entropion is natural ageing which results in weakening of the eyelid muscles and laxity of eyelid tendons. This can make the eyelid unstable and prone to turning in.

Other causes:

Eyelid trauma or surgery

Conjunctival scarring

Excessive eyelid rubbing causing eyelid laxity

Infection (worldwide Trachoma is a common cause of entropion in developing countries)

Entropion can, rarely, be present from birth


When the eyelid turns in, your eyelashes rub against the front of the eye, irritating the cornea.

You may feel that you have something in your eye.

You may experience your eye watering, crusting or producing mucus discharge.

If the lashes irritate the cornea your eye may become sensitive to light.

Left untreated an entropion can cause serious infection of the cornea. It is important to correct the lid position before any permanent damage occurs.

Temporary Measures

There are some temporary measures that can make the eye more comfortable while you are awaiting surgical correction.

Surgical tape can be attached just below the lashes to pull down the lower lid, back into a normal position, giving some temporary relief of symptoms.

Lubricating drops, gel or ointment can help keep the eye comfortable.

Correction of entropion really requires surgery.

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