Entropion

Entropion is a condition in which the edge of a lower eyelid turns in against the eyeball. This is an abnormal condition of the lower eyelid that causes the lashes and eyelid skin to rub against the eye causing redness and irritation. It is a common form of eyelid problem in older people, where it usually is caused by a spasm or weakening of the muscles surrounding the lower area of the eye. Entropion also can be caused by a trachoma infection (granular conjunctivitis), which is rare in North America and Europe but is one of the world's three leading causes of blindness. People should consult their doctor if red eyes occur after they visit an area where this bacterial infection is common (North Africa, South Asia). In early stages symptoms may include excessive tearing, eye discomfort or pain, eye irritation, or redness. Decreased vision may occur if the cornea is damaged. The condition usually can be diagnosed by a doctor without special testing.  Treatment includes artificial tears to keep the eye from becoming dry. Surgery to tighten the eyelid of the eye lid's position is also an option. The prognosis for entropion is usually good if it is treated before eye damage occurs.

Why UAB

UAB Ophthalmology has more than 25 physicians, many of them named among the top doctors in their fields nationally. They are renowned for their advances in eye care, breaking through old ways of treating blinding eye diseases and revolutionizing many areas of ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology care at UAB is located in UAB Callahan Eye Hospital, one of the busiest eye hospitals in the country, where specialists work together to treat complex cases. The UAB Callahan Eye Hospital surgical suite houses nine operating rooms dedicated to eye surgery as well as a 24/7 Eye emergency room, which is the region’s only Level I Ocular Trauma Center. More than 11,000 surgeries are performed at UAB Callahan Eye Hospital each year, and we conduct more reconstructive eye surgeries than any other facility in the world. Patients come from around the nation to be treated for eye conditions at UAB.

The UAB Center for Low Vision Rehabilitation works with patients to maximize vision and provides services such as orientation and mobility, occupational therapy, and support groups for patients dealing with vision loss or impairment.

Through ongoing research and clinical trials, UAB continues to make great strides in the field of ophthalmology. In addition to our physicians, we have a team of vision scientists who are fully dedicated to researching causes, preventions, and cures for eye diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, and macular degeneration. Many UAB ophthalmologists have received funding from prestigious research organizations and institutions and collaborate in clinical care to deliver the latest in scientific discovery to our patients.

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Related Treatments

Depending on your case and your physician’s assessment, your condition may be treated using one or more various procedures. Some of those procedures are listed below for your convenience. Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and may vary depending on your specific diagnosis.

Clinical Trials

UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials for the diagnosis and treatment of entropion. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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