“Entropion” is a condition seen when the lower eyelid turns in and the eyelashes rub against your eye(ball). Ectropion is where your lower eyelid turns outward, away from your eye.
These conditions typically occur in Beverly Hills patients who are of an advanced age, or have had trauma to the area, surgery, a side effect from certain medications, or medical conditions including sleep apnea, skin cancer and Bell’s Palsy.
Symptoms of Entropion and Ectropion
If you have entropion then your lower eyelid and lashes rub against your eyeball. This can lead to corneal scarring which in turn causes vision loss. Other symptoms include irritation, itching, redness, excessive tearing, mucus discharge, and sensitivity to light and wind.
With ectropion conditions, too much of the eye becomes exposed, resulting in excessive tearing, and an irritated, scratched or even scarred cornea that interferes with your quality of vision. You may also experience sensitivity to light and have mucous discharge from the affected eye.
Correcting Entropion and Ectropion Of The Lower Eyelid
Artificial tears and lubricating ointments can be helpful for both conditions because they moisten and help protect the surface of the eye. A special transparent skin tape can also be applied to your eyelid in such a way that it positions it correctly.
Your doctor may recommend surgery to fix the problem permanently. The type of surgery need will depend on your condition and may include removal of excessive skin, scar removal, or skin grafts.
If you think you have entropion or ectropion of the lower eyelid and would like to see what can be done to help, we invite you to call Dr. Kami Parsa, our Beverly Hills oculoplastic facial plastic surgeon. With years of experience and thousands of procedures under his belt, he’s the surgeon you want to see!
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