Entropion and Ectropion are eyelid conditions, usually affecting the lower eyelid, whereby the eyelids either turn inwards or outwards affecting the comfort of the eye ball. This condition can occur in one or both eyes, at the same or different times. In most circumstances, the procedure is considered medically necessary, not cosmetic, and as such, may be covered by insurance.
Entropion is when the margins of the eyelid turn inward towards the eye. This leads to the eye lashes rubbing against the eye, causing pain, redness and irritation. While entropion can occur on either eyelid, it is most common on the lower eyelid. This condition can be caused by a natural aging process, or by infection or scarring inside the eyelid margin. If left untreated, it can cause corneal ulceration, infection and can lead to visual loss. Entropion is repaired surgically in an outpatient surgery setting.
Ectropion is an out-turning of the eyelid margin, most commonly occuring on the lower eyelid. Ectropion can cause tearing, redness and irritation as the eye is exposed to wind, dust and dryness. It may also affect the closure of the eyelids. Ectropion can develop with aging, or may be related to previous cosmetic surgery. Bell's Palsey, a nerve condition that affects the muscles of the face, can also contribute to an outward turning of the lower eyelid.
If you have concerns regarding the function or appearance of your eyelids, please call our office at 623-977-9000, or click here to schedule your consultation.
Dr. Warren Victor is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist and Fellowship Trained Oculoplastic Surgeon.