Entropion is an eyelid disorder where the eyelid margin is rotated inward secondary to laxity of the eyelid. This can create an irritated, red eye with tearing. Ultimately, if left untreated, an entropion can lead to corneal infections, corneal scarring and loss of vision.
Ectropion is the opposite of entropion. The eyelid margin is rotated outward. It can be subtle which may produce symptoms of tearing or it can be obvious where the pink, back surface of the eyelid is visible. A severe ectropion may prevent the eye from completely closing.
Both entropion and ectropion can be surgically corrected through a small incision at the outer corner of the eye. An incision may also be made just below the lash line. The procedure is a 20 minute, outpatent procedure usaully perfromed under IV sedation.
If you are affected by either one, contact our office today so that our surgeons can restore the natural position of the lower eyelid.