Inward turning of the lower eyelid (Entropion) can cause eyelashes to irritate the surface of the eye, causing discomfort. The skin of the eyelid and eyelashes rubbing against the surface of the eye can lead to watery eyes, crusting of the eyelid, discharge, irritation and infection of the cornea, and impaired vision.
An outwardly turned eyelid (Ectropion) exposes the delicate eyeball to the elements. Excessively sagging lower eyelids can cause a patient to suffer from watery eyes, eye pain, discharge, irritation, and redness of the eyelid. Surgery to restore the normal anatomy is critical in prevention complications from an excessively loose lower eyelid.
How Does it Work?
Entropion and Ectropion both generally require surgical repair to avoid eye health issues and potential vision loss. Repair surgery is usually performed in an outpatient surgical facility under a local anesthetic and monitored sedation.
- Lower eyelid and eyelashes turn in lashes and rub against the cornea
- Eyelid turns out away from the eye
- Eyelids cannot meet properly
- Changes of the eye due to injury
- Tears are not spread over the eyeball