What is ectropion of the eyelids?
Ectropion means “to turn out”. It is a common condition which can occur with age or can be associated with underlying medical conditions. Lower lid ectropion is common in the west. Upper and lower lids can turn outwards as a result of infection, trauma or underlying medical conditions. It can be caused by a tumour on the lid. It is best investigated and treated by an eye surgeon who specialise in plastic surgery of the eyes (oculoplastic surgeon).
It can be treated with a small surgical procedure to achieve an excellent aesthetic outcome to the lids whilst performing the safest possible surgery. It is usually performed under local anaesthetic with sedation if required. A general anaesthetic is not usually needed. It can be performed with a blepharoplasty if there is also excess tissue present, in a combined blepharoplasty/entropion procedure.
What can an ectropion lead to?
An ectropion can lead to a watery eye as the tear drainage channels can be moved out of place. It can be unsightly and the inner part of the lid can become red and raw.
Frequently Asked Questions
Complications and problems after ectropion surgery are very rare and as eye surgeons, we are very careful to avoid them. We like you to be fully aware of these before undergoing surgery.
Contact Mr Das-Bhaumik’s team immediately on 07887 387 000 or 020 7127 8100 if excessive swelling, bruising, discomfort occurs or a discharge is seen. Alternatively, Moorfields has a 24-hour A&E where he is an emergency consultant, and they know to contact Mr Das-Bhaumik if any of his patients attend
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