What is Ectropion?
Ectropion is a condition that affects the lower eyelid causing it to droop downward or turn outward. The most common causes of ectropion are aging of the eyelid and stretching of the tendons located in the lower lid, as well as previous eyelid surgeries. The condition is commonly seen in patients with dry eyes or tearing. Other causes of ectropion include eyelid burns and skin diseases, such as dermatitis.
Am I a Candidate for Ectropion Treatment?
If you experience symptoms associated with ectropion, you may be a candidate for treatment. Symptoms include dry eye and tearing, redness of your eye or eyelid margin, and sensitivity to light and wind.
What Is the Treatment for Ectropion?
Left untreated, ectropion may lead to corneal damage, so it is important that you are examined by a qualified physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of the condition. Minimally invasive surgeries can be performed on the corners of the eyelids to tighten the lid, eliminate the symptoms described above, and restore a normal appearance to the eyelid. These surgeries are typically performed on an outpatient basis using only local anesthesia. In these cases, the procedure generally takes 30 to 60 minutes. In severe cases of ectropion, reconstructive procedures may be needed to restore proper lid positioning, function, and appearance.
What Is the Recovery After Treatment?
You will use lubricating ointment and you should avoid rubbing your eyes. The sutures either dissolve or are removed one to two weeks after your surgery. As you heal, you may experience mild bruising, redness, swelling, and irritation for up to two weeks. You should limit your activities as instructed by Dr. Hormozi, especially activities that may result in water getting into your eyes, such as swimming and showering, until you are fully healed.
How Much Does Ectropion Treatment Cost?
Ectropion treatment costs vary by patient, depending on the types of treatments that are recommended by Dr. Hormozi. Your insurance company may cover the cost of treatment for ectropion. For non-covered procedures we offer FREE private consultations.