Ectropion and Entropion

Ectropion occurs when a lower eyelid malfunctions by turning out. When this occurs, the eyelid no longer touches the eye, which is necessary to spread tear film across the eye. As a result, the exposed inner lining of the eyelid becomes dry and inflamed. Tearing often occurs and the eye may become damaged. 

The most common cause of ectropion is aging. As we get older, the tendons that keep our eyelids in the correct position stretches out, making the lid unstable. Even if the lid does not turn out, a loose tendon can adversely affect your blink reflex, leading to dry eye and reflex tearing. Surgery is usually indicated to prevent the eyelid from turning out and return it to a normal position.

Ectropion repair is a very common procedure that is performed at the same time as a lower lid blepharoplasty to remove the excess fat and tighten the skin of the lower lids. When the lower lid tendon is not supported at the time of a lower lid blepharoplasty, a subtle ectropion can become much worse. This is one of the most common causes of unsuccessful lower lid blepharoplasty.

An eyelid can also turn inward (entropion) so that the skin of the eyelid and its lashes constantly rub against the eye. Constant eye irritation and discomfort usually result. This, in turn, can lead to the development of severe infections and scarring that may result in permanent visual loss.

With Dr. Maleki’s expertise and experience, you can trust that he will achieve a satisfactory result the first time. He is a recognized expert in corrective surgeries and as such knows why procedures go wrong, and, more importantly, how to avoid those problems.

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