Entropion Repair

Animal doctor provides Entropion Surgery. This surgery corrects inward rolling of the eyelid. We accept referrals and provide second opinions.

Description: Entropion is the inward rolling of all or part of the eyelid and can affect one to all four of a pets eyelids. This causes haired skin to rub on the corneal and conjunctival surfaces.

Symptoms & What to look for: Excessive tearing and discomfort that can lead to severe pain with corneal inflammation, scarring, pigmentation and/or ulceration. There may be a partially to fully closed eye due to pain. Chronic squinting with excessive tear production/discharge from eye.

How does it happen? Most primary entropion has a demonstrated breed predisposition. Breeds commonly affected include Shar Pei, Chow Chow, Bulldogs, Pug, Retrievers, and Rottweiler. Entropion can be seen in any breed, and can even be found in cats. Other eye trauma and disease can cause swelling that can lead to a “spastic” or acquired/secondary entropion. Any secondary issues must be controlled or you risk recurrence of the entropion even with treatment.

Animal Doctor Entropion Repair
Animal Doctor Entropion Repair

What questions do we ask?

  • How long has the squinting or tearing been present?
  • Has it stayed the same or worsened?
  • Was this preceded by infection or trauma?

Animal Doctor Entropion Surgery

  • Entropion is typically treated with surgical correction. Usually a procedure is performed removing redundant skin next to the affected lid margin to correct the rolling portion of the eyelid. Sometimes additional procedures may, in conjunction with the skin removal, be needed dependent upon other factors leading to the condition. Surgical correction is generally successful with an approximate 90-95% success rate with a single procedure. In 5-10% of cases a second procedure to “fine tune” the repair may be needed due to underlying causes of the entropion.
  • Entropion in immature animals may improve with growth and often a temporary “tacking” procedure can manage it until maturity.
  • If the entropion has led to secondary ocular diseases such as corneal ulceration, these conditions will need to be treated in addition to the correction of the entropion itself.

What are the risks if the entropion is left unmanaged?

If left uncorrected, entropion can persist as a chronic source of discomfort. It can cause pain that is intense enough that the patient may not be able to fully open their eyes. Eventually, vision loss can occur due to scarring, pigmentation, or ulceration. Ulceration can become severe enough if untreated to cause globe rupture necessitating eye removal surgery (enucleation).