Ectropion is a condition where the eyelid turns away from the eye. In addition to leaving the eyeball exposed, the sagging eyelid can cause redness of the eye, intense discomfort, and even vision loss if left untreated. For patients who suffer from ectropion, everyday life can be uncomfortable due to the eyelid causing constant irritation and inflammation. And because the condition is visually alarming, it often negatively affects the self-esteem and confidence of its sufferers. However, at the Eyelid Reconstruction Center of Excellence, our expert eyelid surgeons can repair and eliminate the symptoms of ectropion, leading to happier, healthier, and more fulfilling lives.
Causes of Ectropion
A variety of conditions can lead to the development of ectropion. Most commonly, it develops with age. As the body grows older, skin begins to lose its elasticity, causing certain body parts (like eyelids) to begin drooping. In addition, trauma and scarring can also cause ectropion. In addition to being highly irritating, ectropion can lead to tearing of the cornea. It’s imperative that people with ectropion seek help before suffering any lasting damage from the condition.
Preparing for Ectropion Repair Surgery
If you suffer from the effects of ectropion, then you may be a prime candidate for ectropion repair surgery. During this procedure, our expert surgeons will tighten the muscles of around the eyelid, causing the eyelid to revert to its normal position. The procedure also has the side benefit of restoring a look of youthfulness and health to the patient.
There are a few ways to prepare for ectropion repair surgery. It’s highly important to consult a surgeon or doctor to determine if the procedure is right for you. Your doctor will perform a careful evaluation of your eyes, evaluating whether or not ectropion repair surgery is a viable solution for you.
On the day of the procedure, it is recommended that you be accompanied by another adult, preferably a friend or loved one, who can drive you home. Ectropion is performed under local anesthesia, but patients can expect to experience swelling and discomfort after the surgery has been performed, sometimes for up to a few weeks after surgery. In addition, patients may experience dry eyes, itchy eyes, or sticky eyes in the days following the operation. In these cases, most doctors will prescribe eye drops or eye ointment to alleviate these pains.
After the Ectropion Repair Surgery
Most patients who undergo ectropion repair surgery are extremely satisfied by the results. The appearance of their eyes has improved, along with their vision, comfort, and self-esteem. No longer bothered by inflamed eyes, patients can engage in social settings without fear of other people’s thoughts and judgments. Above all, ectropion repair surgery eliminates the possibility of blindness that comes with ectropion.
Schedule an Appointment at the Eyelid Center Today
If you suffer from ectropion, or if you are exhibiting any of the symptoms that characterize the condition, we are here to help. Please call the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 384-0981 today if you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our expert surgeons, discuss possible treatment methods for ectropion, or if you have any general questions about the condition.
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