The side effects of entropion can be relieved through artificial tears and certain ointments, but surgery is required to correct the condition. If entropion is left untreated, it can cause lasting damage to the cornea, infections, and in more severe cases, vision loss. Dr. Caroline Vargason is an oculofacial plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive procedures. 

What Is Entropion?

Entropion is an eyelid condition that causes your eyelid to turn inwards. It can cause your eyes to experience redness, irritation, pain, watering eyes, and mucous discharge. To permanently correct this condition, surgery is required. The surgery is most commonly performed by removing a small part of your lower eyelid. This will help tighten the surrounding tendons and muscles and prevent your eyelid from turning inwards.

Benefits of Entropion Surgery 

Entropion surgery can provide permanent relief from your symptoms. Some of the benefits of the procedure include:

  • Improved vision
  • Enhanced eye appearance
  • No longer experiencing eye pain or discomfort
  • Reduced risk for cornea damage, ulcers, and infection

Who Is a Candidate for Surgery?

If you are experiencing entropion, you may be a candidate for surgery. Candidates may have entropion in one or both eyes, and the condition can vary in its degree. To find out if you are a candidate, you will be evaluated by Dr. Vargason. During your evaluation, she will examine your eyes, review your medical history, and determine the cause of your entropion. If Dr. Vargason feels you are a candidate, your surgery will be scheduled. 

Why Choose Dr. Vargason?

While many surgeons can perform surgery around the eyes, an oculofacial plastic surgeon brings a deeper understanding and a greater level of experience to your surgery. Dr. Vargason is an expert on the area around the eyes and has vast experience working with patients of varying ages and backgrounds. She founded Nava Face & Eye to bring patient-focused Oculoplastic Surgery care to the Boise community. When you work with Dr. Vargason, you can expect a commitment to natural-looking results and her trademark attention to detail. 

Types of Entropion Surgery 

If you are experiencing entropion due to age, Dr. Vargason will remove a small piece of your lower eyelid. This will tighten the surrounding tendons and muscles and hold the eyelid in the correct position. A few stitches may also be placed on the outer corner of your eye or just beneath the eyelid.

If you have scar tissue inside your eyelid or have experienced injury or trauma within the area, you may require a mucous membrane graft. This will be from inside your lip, the roof of your mouth, or your nose. 

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Your Entropion Surgery

The exact steps of your treatment will vary based on the cause and degree of your entropion. For some patients, stitches can be used to turn the eyelid outward. This is performed in-office and requires local anesthesia. Dr. Vargason can place several small stitches along your affected eyelid to help it return to its original shape. This provides immediate relief and can last for a varying amount of time.

Before your procedure, you will be given a local anesthetic and may be lightly sedated to ensure you remain comfortable and relaxed during the procedure.

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Your Recovery 

Entropion surgeries are outpatient procedures and allow you to return home the same day of your surgery. Once you are home, you may need to use a cold compress to help bring down swelling and use an antibiotic ointment on the area for one week.

After surgery, you may experience some temporary bruising, swelling, and tightness along the eyelid. These should resolve on their own within a few weeks. Your stitches will be removed a week after the surgery is complete, at which point your results should be visible. 

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Schedule Your Consultation at Nava Face & Eye

Nava Face & Eye is Boise’s premier destination for Oculoplastic surgery care. We specialize in treating eyelids, eye sockets, and the tear drainage system. If you are experiencing entropion, contact our office today to schedule a consultation and find lasting relief.

Entropion FAQ

How can I prevent entropion?

Will I need to stay overnight for the procedure?

How can I prevent entropion?

Unfortunately, entropion is not a preventable condition and results from age or injury.

Will I need to stay overnight for the procedure?

No. Entropion surgery is an outpatient procedure, and you will be able to return home once it is complete.

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