What Happens During Entropion Treatment?

Dr. Chen may recommend that different therapies be tried before resorting to surgery. If your condition is being caused by inflammation or infection, your eyelid function may return to normal when your eyes are healthy again. There are other non-surgical treatments that may temporarily produce the desired results such as:

  • Stitches to re-position the eyelid
  • Corneal bandage, non-prescription soft contact lens
  • Transparent skin tape

The more permanent solution is surgery. Prior to your surgery, your eyelid will be numbed with a local anesthetic. If you are feeling anxious, we may prescribe a light sedative to help you relax. The actual treatment will vary, depending on the root cause of your condition:

  • If your entropion is caused by relaxed eye muscles, Dr. Chen will make an incision in the outer corner of your lower eyelid in order to remove a small portion of tissue. This allows the eyelid to be tightened and reconnected to the underlying tissues, so it is situated more directly onto your eye restoring normal anatomic position. Additionally, Dr. Chen will place additional sutures to rotate the eyelid outward.
  • If your condition is caused by scar tissue, you may require a graft, which can be from a synthetic material or taken from elsewhere in the body to provide the necessary lower eyelid support.


Preparing for Entropion Treatment

If surgery is recommended, here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:

  • Over-the-counter pain reliving medications such as ibuprofen should not be taken 2 weeks prior to your surgery.
  • Stop smoking at least 2 weeks before (and after) your surgery.
  • Do not wear makeup the day of your procedure.
  • The night before your procedure, have a light meal and do not eat after midnight.
  • Do not eat anything the morning of your surgery.
  • Have someone drive you home after your appointment.
  • You may want to have someone spend the night with you in case you have any questions or experience any complications.

You will be provided detailed instructions in writing by Dr. Chen and her team prior to your procedure.

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Recovery from Entropion Treatment

After surgery, expect to experience bruising, swelling and general tightness as your eye heals. A cold compress will help alleviate your discomfort with the first 48 hours being crucial and then use a warm compress. Dr. Chen will prescribe antibiotic and steroid ointments to protect your eye from infection. It may take 2 weeks for the side effects to subside, so be patient and rest to promote a speedy recovery. Typically, dissolvable sutures are used so there is no need to return to have stitches removed.

Dr. Chen and her team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions in writing.

Results for Entropion Treatment

With the lower eyelid back into normal position, you should experience more eye comfort as well as a rejuvenated appearance. The goal is to make your eyelids look as natural as possible while also restoring the natural function.

Are you ready to get relief from inward- turned lower eyelids?

To find out if you are a good candidate for entropion treatment, call 704-540-9595 or complete the short form below.

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