Experiencing constant eye irritation, tearing and discomfort can affect your quality of life. Entropion is a common condition that causes the eyelashes to rub on and irritate the surface of the eye. Entropion repair corrects the position of your eyelid to relieve this irritation and restore your eye health. This procedure can dramatically improve your comfort.
What is Entropion?
Entropion is a common condition that occurs when the eyelid turns inward. As a result of this inward turn, the eyelashes rub across the cornea, the clear structure at the front of the eye. Over time, your corneas can become chronically irritated. Entropion can develop in the upper or lower eyelids. Upper eyelid entropion often results from scarring or other conditions, while lower eyelid entropion is often age-related.
*Individual results may vary
What is Entropion Repair?
Once entropion develops, it will not go away without help. Several options can temporarily relieve the discomfort of this condition. However, entropion repair, also known as entropion surgery, provides lasting results. This surgical procedure turns the eyelid outward and secures it there, preventing it from turning back inward toward the cornea. Other methods, such as soft protective contact lenses or lubricating drops, can provide temporary relief, but surgery is the definitive solution to the problem. The results of entropion repair can last a lifetime.
How Does Entropion Surgery Work?
Dr. Alabata performs entropion repair in several ways depending on the causes and severity of your condition. The procedure usually uses local anesthesia with or without sedation. The procedure can take as little as 30 minutes. Some methods for entropion repair include tightening the eyelid to turn it outward or tightening the muscle that opens and closes your eyelid. Dr. Alabata will explain the details of your procedure so you know what to expect.
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What is Recovery Like After Entropion Repair?
You will receive a prescription combining antibiotics and steroids, which you will apply to your eyes several times daily. You may experience some swelling and discomfort that improves with the use of cold compresses. Most swelling and bruising resolve within the first week. Avoid swimming, strenuous exercise, or dusty environments until your incisions have healed. Dr. Alabata and his team will provide a timeline for resuming your usual routine.
Am I a Good Candidate for Entropion Surgery?
Most people make good candidates for entropion surgery. Entropion repair is a safe procedure with no general anesthesia. Ideal candidates have healthy eyes and no medical conditions that would make surgery unsafe. People with entropion of the upper or lower eyelids make good candidates, although their procedures will differ. Underlying conditions causing your ectropion should also be corrected to avoid future concerns.
Take the Next Step and Enjoy More Comfortable Eyes
To schedule your in-person entropion repair consultation, call Alabata Eye Center at (850) 331-3937. A referral is not necessary. Thank you for trusting our professional services.