Plastic Surgery

Ectropion


When the lower eyelid pulls away from the eye, a condition called ectropion exists.

Symptoms

This condition can result in tearing and irritation of the eye. If ectropion is not treated, it can lead to chronic tearing, eye irritation, redness, pain, a gritty sensation, crusting of the eyelid, mucous discharge and breakdown of the cornea due to exposure.

Causes

Similar to an entropion, the causes of ectropion can be related to age, trauma, previous lower eyelid surgery or nerve dysfunction.

Treatment Options

The surgical treatment of ectropion of the lower lid involves tightening of the eyelid at the corner, called the lateral canthus. The incisions are hidden within the eyelid creases. This treatment of ectropion is a minor outpatient surgical procedure.

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