Ectropion Repair

About Ectropion Repair

Ectropion is the outward turning of the eyelid margin that may aggravate the eye. A major cause of ectropion is eyelid laxity due to age-related weakening of muscles and ligaments in the area. Other causes of ectropion include scarring, facial palsy, or congenital conditions. 

Effects of an ectropion lead to constant tearing, discomfort, redness, and irritation of the eye. A severe sagging of the eyelids prevents them from closing properly and makes them feel chronically sore and dry. There is also a chance of corneal changes that may lead to scarring to the eye’s surface, which may impact the vision.

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Ectropion patients often complain of irritated, red eyes with tearing. It can deeply impact the quality of life for patients. Irritated, red, and teary eyes often compel them to constantly wipe the eye, which leads to further worsening of the lid laxity and ectropion. 

Avoid waiting for months or even years before seeking help to treat your ectropion. If you experience the above symptoms and feel the eyelids are sagging, talk to your ophthalmologist about the possible treatments. 

Ectropion also affects the appearance of your face making it look tired. At Alabata Eye Center, a simple eye examination can help determine if eyelid surgery is best for you.

There are multiple procedures used in the treatment of ectropion, and your surgeon will decide this based on the reason for the sagging lids and a preoperative examination. The surgery usually lasts between 45 to 60 minutes and is performed under local anesthesia with or without intravenous sedation.

Dr. Alabata will prescribe a combination antibiotic and steroid ointment to be applied to the eyelid several times a day for a week. A cold compress is used to decrease the bruising and swelling, which usually subside within a week. Keep your eyelid clean and dry until it heals.  Avoid water activities and dirty or dusty environments for at least a week. Check with your doctor before you consider starting exercise or any travel.

The goal of an ectropion repair is to return the eyelid to its proper anatomical position, protect the eye from corneal deterioration, improve the constant irritation and tearing of the eye, and improve the appearance.

The results of an ectropion repair are long-lasting, but as one ages, the eyelid may continue to sag, and the problem may return. 

In the hands of a skilled surgeon like Dr. Alabata, an ectropion repair can significantly improve your quality of life.

Schedule now by completing this form or calling us at (850) 331-3937 to discuss with Dr. Phil Alabata if you are a candidate for an Ectropion Repair. A referral is not required.