Entropion refers to a condition in which your eyelid rotates inward. Entropion, or eyelid retraction, develops slowly and may not be noticeable in its early stages. Over time, however, the condition worsens until every movement of the eye irritates the surface of the cornea. Without treatment, this continuous abrasion can cause eye infections and scarring of the eyeball. With a serious case, you can lose sight in the affected eye. Treatment involves a relatively simple surgery that can be performed in the doctor’s office.
Ectropion the outward turning, or eversion of the eyelids can result in blurriness, dryness, tearing or irritation to the eye.
What are the Causes of Ectropion?
Ectropion is most common in the lower eyelids, although this condition can also affect the upper lids. Also, ectropion is more frequently seen in older patients, though people of all ages can suffer from the problem. In the majority of cases, ectropion is caused weakening, scarring or dehiscence of the lower lid tissues. Additional causes include trauma, tumors, nerve paralysis or previous cosmetic or functional surgery.
What are the Conservative Treatments for Ectropion?
Conservative therapy for ectropion is generally symptomatic, meaning the treatments only alleviate the symptoms of the condition rather than correcting the ectropion itself. These treatments include lubricating eyedrops and ophthalmic ointments to maintain eye moisture and avoid damage to the cornea. In certain cases, sutures can be used to reposition the eyelid without resorting to an incision.
What Surgical Treatments are Available for Ectropion?
If an ectropion causes significant discomfort or is severe enough to threaten the cornea, a surgical intervention may be necessary. There are a variety of surgical options to address the lower lid position. While many choose to undergo this procedure under sedation or general anesthesia, in many instances this can be comfortably performed under local anesthesia. Having access to an advanced AAASF certified facility on our premises significantly enhances the patient experience and safety associated with this procedure.
Entropion: Treatment Overview
Ectropion: Treatment Overview
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