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Functional Eyelid Surgery for Ectropion and Entropion

Age-related muscles weakness in the eyelids can cause the eyelid to turn outwards (eversion) or inwards (inversion), conditions known as ectropion and entropion, respectively. Although these conditions are most frequently associated with age, eye injury, disease and infection can also be risk factors. Both abnormalities–which typically arise in the lower lid–can affect ocular function and create discomfort. If left untreated, they can present serious problems.

  • Ectropion: The lid is turned away from the eye, exposing the inner surface of the eye. Ectropion can cause dryness, excessive tearing, keratoconjunctivitis (inflammation of the cornea and conjunctiva), and vision problems.
  • Entropion: The lid is turned inwards, causing the lashes and skin come into contact with the eye. Entropion can cause irritation and pain, redness, sensitivity to light and wind, and vision problems.

Treatments for Ectropion and Entropion, Orange County

Therapeutic treatments such as lubricating eyedrops and ointments can alleviate discomfort and dryness in the eyes. However, to protect the eye from long-term damage, surgical repair is most often necessary. Dr. Wenjing Liu Beach Eye Medical Group’s oculoplastic surgeon, performs all functional eyelid surgeries at our Newport Beach, California facility.

The type of surgery will depend on the specific patient, the quality of the skin, and the condition presented. Although the precise surgical technique will vary from case to case, both ectropion and entropion surgery begin with the initial step of horizontal tightening or lateral canthotomy. To begin, a small incision is made, generally between 6mm to 8mm in length. The length of the incision will vary depending on how lax the skin is. Often ectropion and entropion correction involves removing a small portion of the lower lid to tighten the area.

Functional eyelid surgery is considered a safe procedure and complications are rare. However, like all surgeries, ectropion or entropion repair carries some risks. Risks include bleeding, infection, scarring, and recurrence. Recurrence may require additional surgical interventions.

Your Functional Eyelid Surgery Consultation at Beach Eye Medical Group, Huntington Beach

If you are experiencing a case of ectropion or entropion, it best to have the condition evaluated and treated as soon as possible. Dr. Wenjing Liu has vast experience treating a range of oculoplastic conditions that can create discomfort and affect the vision. To learn more about ectropion and entropion and how functional eyelid surgery can improve your quality of life, contact Beach Eye Medical Group in Southern California to schedule an appointment.