Entropion is an abnormality of the eyelids in which the eyelid rolls inward.
This inward rolling often causes the hair on the surface of the eyelid to rub against the cornea resulting in pain, corneal ulcers, perforations, or pigment developing on the cornea which can interfere with vision. Medical treatment with antibiotic ointments can decrease damage to the cornea, but it cannot resolve the entropion itself. To fix the eyelid, surgery is needed.
- Weepy eye
- Closing eye
- Red eye
- Irritation, Rubbing face
- Recurring conjunctivitis
- Recurring eye infections
- Recurring eye ulcers
- Breed: Some dogs such as; Bulldogs, Pugs, St Bernard, hold a higher risk of Entropion. This is due to having a lot of skin around their eyes.
- Age: Just like humans, dogs can develop loose or saggy skin with old age. This will allow the eyelids to roll inwards.
- Weight Loss: Sometimes, weights loss can lead to saggy skin which in turn can lead to Entropion.
- Injury: Rupture, Ulcerations, Cornea Pain can cause Entropion. Trauma to the eye or eyelid.
- Ocular Pain: which may cause the eye to sink into the socket.
- Skin Problems: Due to irritation, this can lead to changes of the skin, potentially leading to Entropion.
Correcting entropion nearly always requires an operation. It’s similar to the “eye lift” cosmetic surgery in humans.
For puppies, we may advise ‘tacking’ the eyelid for a period of time until the pup is more fully developed.