Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Cataract Surgery & Eyelid Turning

Question: Can Cataract Surgery cause the lower eyelid to roll in causing irritation of the eye?

Answer: Cataract Surgery is not likely to cause the condition that you describe-called Entropion. Entropion involves the turning in of the edges of the eyelid (usually the lower eyelid) so that the lashes rub against the eye surface. In older people, the condition is usually caused by a spasm and weakening of the muscles surrounding the lower part of the eye. This causes the lid to turn inward and results in irritation. Aging is the primary cause of Entropion in the United States. You should bring this irritation and the eyelid turning to the attention of your Cataract Surgeon as often it is possible to alleviate the irritation and the symptoms in minor instances with some attention to the eyelashes and the eyelid margins and with eyelid surgery in the more severe cases.

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