Entropion or inward folding eyelid

Entropion is a medical condition in which the lower eyelid folds inwards. This in contrast to ectropion in which the eyelid folds outwards.

Our experienced and highly specialised consultants-surgeons treat entropion with state-of-the art equipment.

  • Safe routine procedure
  • Short procedure
  • Speedy recovery
  • Small, invisible scar

Entropion causes

Entropion is usually due to a sagging of the eyelid edge, but can also becaused by inflammation or scar retraction. The inwardly turned eyelashes(trichiasis) then rub against the eye, causing irritation, excessive tearingand a burning sensation in the eyes.

The cause of entropion and the associated trichiasis tends to be geneticbut can also be age-related or due to scar tissue created by otherconditions.

Entropion treatment

  • Beforehand

    Preoperative screening

    • Together we’ll examine whether a surgical procedure is required.

      Preoperative screening is available at our surgeries in Brussels or Dilbeek, or in our eye clinic in Wemmel.

  • Day of treatment


    less than 1 hour in total

    • Any anticoagulant therapy must be discontinued 7 days prior to your surgery.

      On the day of the procedure, it would be best not to drive. So bring someone along to take you home again! We also strongly advise against using public transport.

    • Before the procedure

      The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic, with or without a mild sedative.

    • Treatment

      Depending on the cause, the lower eyelid is tightened and repositioned or a mucous membrane graft is applied to rectify entropion caused by scar tissue retraction. The eyelashes will now stand in the correct position again and the painful symptoms of the former trichiasis disappear.

  • Immediately after your surgery

    After your surgery

    • After the procedure we would advise you to observe the following guidelines:

      • Do not bend your head down (e.g. to tie shoe laces) or do not lie in a completely horizontal position. Sleep on your back with your head resting on two pillows.
      • Avoid stress and try to remain calm. It is essential that your blood pressure remains low.
      • Feel free to read or watch television.
      • Aftercare consists of anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers in combination with gentle cooling (don’t put ice or a cold pack directly onto the eye but wrap into a thick piece of fabric first or use a clean facecloth dampened with cold water).
    • 1st week after surgery

      Eye drop (artificial tears) and an ointment (Tobramycin) will need to be applied to the scar for 1 week.

    • Removal of the stitches

      1 week after the surgery

      The stitches will be removed within 1 week of your surgery

Entropion: complications

The chances of complications after entropion surgery are small. Prior to the procedure, our surgeons will discuss the risks and aftercare with you in detail.

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Personal advice from our experts

Our highly specialised surgeons thoroughly examine your eyes and make a detailed diagnosis. They discuss all the options with you in all objectivity.

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Multidisciplinary team of experienced topsurgeons

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Personalised eye care

Each eye has its own unique profile, just like your fingerprints. This is why we apply the ultra-personalised topo-guided technique.

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High-tech equipment

We continuously invest in the latest, most reliable technology. We have the most comprehensive and modern technological platform for laser eye treatment and lens surgery.

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A comfortable and pleasant setting

Our laser centre combines experts in their field with a warm welcome in a stylish setting so that you get to have your treatment in all peace and comfort.



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