Ectropion and Entropion
Ectropion is an outward turning or sagging lower eyelid whereas Entropion in an inward turning lower eyelid. Generally these conditions occur due to tissue laxity that occurs with natural aging but they may also be associated with other conditions such as trauma, scarring, or other surgeries.
What are the Symptoms of These Conditions?
With Ectropion, the outward turning eyelid can cause evaporative tear loss leading to redness, irritation, burning, foreign body sensation, and excessive tearing. With Entropion, the inward turning eyelid causes the eyelashes and skin to rub on the eye leading to redness, irritation, foreign body sensation, and excessive tearing, as well.
How are These Conditions Treated?
Conservative measures include artificial tears and lubricating eye drops. More commonly, treatment requires surgery aimed at tightening and restoring the natural position of the eyelid. This surgery is usually performed as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and light sedation. Afterward, you may wear a patch overnight and generally need to use an antibiotic ointment for about a week.
If you are someone you know has an inward or outward turning eyelid, please contact us at Gulfcoast Eye Care so that we may evaluate your treatment options with you.