Treatment

Light forms of entropion can be treated with an oily eye ointment. This “lubricates” the eye hairs, making them less irritating. Of course, this does not solve the actual problem. In order to deal with the actual problem, the eyelids have to be put back in the right position by surgery. In this operation, a small wedge of skin is removed from the eyelid on the outside and this wound is sutured with very fine suture material. Although it is a minor operation, it must be performed under general anaesthesia. On the one hand because the eyelids are rather sensitive, on the other hand because the animal has to lie absolutely still. If other problems have been underlying the entropion (e.g. chronic inflammation), these must be dealt with at the same time. Prospects after surgery are very good; the eyelids return to normal and the cornea can recover.

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