What is Entropion?
Entropion refers to an inturning of the eyelid margin. This causes the eyelashes to roll inwards as well. The subsequent lash-corneal touch leads to varying levels of discomfort. Entropion commonly involves the lower eyelid and is most commonly related to age-related laxity. It can also be due to subtle, chronic scarring at the eyelid margin (cicatricial form) that develops as a result of chronic meibomian gland disease.
Can it be corrected with surgery?
Entropion can indeed be corrected with surgery. The success rates are high (>90%) in age-related cases where laxity is the main problem. In cicatricial cases, the success rate is lower as both the chronic scarring at the eyelid margin area and the continued inflammation pose significant impediments to optimal healing.