Ectropion is a condition that affects the eyes. In this condition, the lower eyelid turns outward and may sag in an outward direction. This exposes the inner surface of the eyelid, leading to uncomfortable conditions such as irritation, dryness, and tears. This condition usually affects the lower eyelids and generally, older people are more prone to this condition. For those searching for treatment for ectropion in Boise, consider a visit to Idaho Eyelid & Facial Plastic Surgery.
Symptoms of Ectropion
Because the lower eyelid is turned outwards, it impacts the way tears drain out of the eyes. This leads to the following symptoms:
- Dryness in the eyes
- Excessive tears
- Irritation and burning
- Chronic inflammation or conjunctivitis
- Sensitivity to light that occurs due to dryness of the eye affecting the cornea’s surface
Causes of Ectropion
There could be various reasons for ectropion to occur. While we often see age-related weakness in the eye muscles, paralysis, sometimes caused by strokes, Bell’s Palsy, etc., can also affect the eyes. Growths on the eyelid can force the eyelid turn outward and genetic disorders (example: Down’s syndrome) can also cause ectropion. It is possible that scar tissue from previous surgeries can also lead to this condition.
Seeking Treatment Is Vital
Ectropion should not be ignored, since it can cause discomfort and potential complications such as abrasions or scratches on the cornea and ulcers on the corneal surface. This can affect vision. In severe cases, it may lead to loss of vision. Idaho Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery has experienced medical professionals who will be able to recommend and execute the proper treatment options.
There are many different treatment options available to treat ectropion. Our physicians will evaluate and recommend which option is best suited for each patient after a detailed examination. Potential remedies include:
- Lubrication to avoid damage to the cornea while the treatment is in progress. An ointment may be prescribed to treat the symptoms.
- Skin tape to lift the sagging eyelid and put it back in place. This can hold the eyelid back in place temporarily to provide relief from symptoms (a temporary measure until the final treatment is complete).
- Scar-tissue stretching through steroidal injections, when scar tissue causes this condition.
- Surgery to remove the lower lid. Once the eyelid is stitched it tightens the muscles, allowing the eyelid to sit in the proper position again. In some cases, a skin graft is taken and used to support the lower lid. The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure. Recovery can take 1-2 weeks.
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To learn more about treatment options for ectropion in Boise, contact our office and schedule a consultation with Idaho Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery. Our board-certified facial plastic surgeons will ensure that high-quality results are achieved.
“I had an ectropian repair at Idaho Eyelid and Facial Plastic Surgery. I am very happy with the level of skill and care Dr. Boerner provided me. A number of other well-regarded physicians in the intermountain west have tried to address my eyelid issue to no avail. I am very happy with the result and would refer patients to this clinic. Definitely five starts!”
by Frank Dalley