Outwardly Turned Eyelid (Ectropion)
Ectropion occurs when the edge of an eyelid (usually the lower eyelid) turns outward so that the inner surface is exposed. In most cases, tissue relaxation occurs as part of the aging process, but an Ectropion can also result from facial nerve paralysis, Bell’s palsy, trauma, or scarring from other facial surgical procedures. This condition exposes and dries the eye, often leading to irritation and excessive tearing. When left untreated, it can result in inflammation and damage to the eye.
Symptoms of Ectropion
- Dry eyes
- Eye irritation
- Excess tearing
Possible Causes of Ectropion
- Tissue relaxation as part of the aging process
- Facial nerve paralysis, Bell’s palsy, trauma, or scarring from other facial surgical procedures
Treatment of Ectropion
Correction of Ectropian usually involves surgery. Our surgeon can tighten the eyelid and/or repair of the supporting structures of the lid. If you have an outwardly turned eyelid, call us today to schedule an appointment.