What is entropion?
Entropion is a condition where either the upper or lower eyelids (or both) roll inwards, leading to the eyelashes rubbing on the cornea. Affected animals usually present with wet ‘blinky’ sore eyes.
Commonly affected breeds
Most commonly this condition is seen as rolling-in of the lateral (outer) eyelashes of the lower eyelid of breeds such as Rottweilers, Mastiff breeds, Malamutes and more commonly Shar Pei. This type of entropion is also seen in older cats. With Pugs, we see entropion of the medial (inner or near the nose) area of the lower eyelids. In Shar Pei puppies, we see entropion of the upper eyelids which self corrects as the puppy grows. This can often be managed with the use of anti-inflammatory/antibiotic eye ointments. Occasionally we place sutures to hold the upper eyelids away from the cornea for a couple of months as the puppy grows.
Why surgery is needed
Left untreated this will eventually lead to scarring of the cornea and eventual partial or complete blindness. This condition causes marked discomfort 24 hours a day, every day, until treated.