The eyelids can change position as we age due to weakened eyelid muscles, trauma, bells palsy, eye infection, or scarring from a previous eyelid surgery. Ectropion and Entropion are terms used to describe two eyelid position abnormalities that occur most often in the lower eyelids.
When the lower eyelids turn outward as in the photo on the left, this condition is called ectropion. Symptoms of ectropion include eye redness, irritation, excessive tearing, and sensitivity to light or wind. Entropion is when the lower eyelid turns inward, as in the photo on the right. The eyelashes and skin of the lower lid rub against the eye causing pain, discomfort and irritation.
Each of these conditions, if left untreated, can cause ocular complications such as infection and corneal ulcers. The best way to treat ectropion and entropion is through surgical repair of the muscle and/or eyelid tissue. These procedures take place in an outpatient setting. Eyelid surgery is best performed by an oculoplastic surgeon, an eye physician specially trained to perform surgery around the delicate skin of the eyes.
If you experience symptoms such as redness, pain, irritation, excessive tearing, a feeling that something is rubbing against your eyeball, or sensitivity to light or wind in one or both eyes, you may have one of these conditions. Call Dr. Warren Victor, board certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained eyelid plastic and reconstructive surgeon, for your consultation today, 623-977-9000.