Entropion is a medical condition in which the eyelid (usually the lower lid) folds inward. This condition may be very uncomfortable, as the eyelashes tend to continuously rub against the cornea causing persistent irritation and discomfort. Entropion can also cause redness, sensitivity to light, watery eyes, discharge and the sensation that something is in your eye. Entropion is more common in older adults and generally affects only the lower eyelid.
Artificial tears and ointments can help relieve symptoms. But surgery is typically recommended to fully correct this condition. If left untreated, entropion can cause damage to the cornea and eye infections.
When to see a doctor: If you feel like you constantly have something in your eye or notice that your eyelashes seem to be turning inward toward your eye, it’s time to consult with an ophthalmologist. If untreated, entropion can cause permanent damage to the eye.