Ectropion & Entropion
Ectropion vs. Entropion
Ectropion and entropion are both conditions that affect the eyelids. Ectropion occurs when the eyelid turns outward, away from the eye. This can cause the eyelid to become red and swollen and can lead to dryness and irritation of the eye. It can also cause tearing and discharge from the eye. Ectropion can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, trauma, and facial paralysis.
Entropion, on the other hand, occurs when the eyelid turns inward, towards the eye. This can cause the eyelashes to rub against the cornea (the clear front part of the eye), which can be painful and cause eye irritation. It can also lead to dryness and discharge from the eye. Entropion can be caused by a variety of factors, including aging, trauma, and facial paralysis.
Both ectropion and entropion can be corrected with surgery. During the procedure, the surgeon will reposition the eyelid to its normal position and may also remove excess skin or fat if needed. The procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure, and the patient can usually return to their normal activities within a few days. It is important to follow the post-procedure instructions provided by the surgeon to help ensure the best possible results.