Ectropion is a condition where the eyelid turns outward. It can result in tearing or eye discomfort and/or irritation.
Causes of Ectropion
There are several ways to treat this condition and it depends on the etiology and compliance of the eyelid tissue. Lubrication of the cornea can be a temporizing measure until surgery can be done to improve eyelid contour and decrease eye irritation.
Surgical Treatment of Ectropion
The eyelid area is numbed with local anesthetic or light sedation through monitored anesthesia care. The lateral eyelid can be tightened, however skin grafts or posterior lid reconstruction may be needed depending on clinical findings. Post-operative instructions will be reviewed according to the procedures needed to correct the eyelid malposition.