Ectropion and Entropion Treatment
Have your eyelids started to change shape? Ectropion and Entropion are eyelid conditions that are commonly caused by weakened muscles around the eyelids. These conditions cause the eyelid to fold out away from the eye (ectropion) or back in toward the eye (entropion). Both conditions are relatively minor on their own, but increase your likelihood of developing complications that are more dangerous for the eye.
Center For Sight knows the irritation involved with misshapen eyelids. Whether it is because irritants are landing on your folded-out lids or your eyelashes are rubbing against your eye, these conditions are a constant hassle. Our specialists can help you avoid the irritation caused by eyelid disorders.
What is Ectropion?
Ectropion is a condition that leaves the pink inner eyelid exposed as the lower eyelid turns out. While this is a common ailment, this condition can be more serious than it may appear. Ectropion prevents the eyelids from fully closing, which prevents proper eye lubrication.
Most common in older adults, ectropion can lead to both mild and severe complications if left untreated. While eye lubricants and skin tape can provide treatment in the short term, often the only permanent solution is eye surgery. Postponing corrective surgery can eventually lead to further injury. Center For Sight offers premier ectropion treatment options to the Las Vegas metroplex.
The most common result of untreated ectropion is irritation, but the longer the condition goes untreated, the more likely serious issues are to occur. Ectropion hinders proper lubrication and exposes the eye to excess debris, which may cause the following complications:
- Chronic conjunctivitis (pink eye)
- Cornea damage
- Excessive tearing
- Excessive dryness
Many conditions can lead to ectropion, but in most cases it is the result of tissue relaxation in older adults. Most causes are harmless, but an evaluation at Center For Sight can help to determine if other issues are a factor.
Patients with ectropion resulting from long-term eye drop use or skin issues may consider other treatment options, as determined by an eye care specialist. The most common causes of ectropion include:
- Long-term eye drop use
- Muscle weakness
- Rapid weight loss
- Skin issues
Eyelid surgery to treat ectropion is a common and low-risk procedure. If you are in the Las Vegas area and experience any of the above symptoms, consider seeking ectropion repair with Center For Sight. Contact us at 702-724-2020 or click below to schedule an evaluation with one of our specialists.
What is Entropion?
Entropion is a condition where the eyelid folds in toward the eye. This causes the eyelashes to rub against the eye itself. Commonly caused by weakening muscles in the eyelid, this condition leads to constant eye irritation because of the eyelashes rubbing against the eye. This irritation can eventually lead to more serious complications.
Eye lubricants can help relieve some of the discomfort associated with entropion, but they only provide a short term solution. Additionally, you can wear contacts to provide a shield between your eyes and eyelashes, but this is also a limited solution. The only long-term way to resolve entropion is corrective surgery.
Entropion causes irritation in the short term but can eventually cause sensitivity to light and vision issues. These symptoms can be a sign of cornea scratches caused by your eyelashes. If you believe you have entropion, we suggest you immediately begin use of eye lubrication and contact Center For Sight to set up an appointment.
The most common cause of entropion is age-related muscle and tendon weakness. Entropion can result from previous surgeries, inflammation around the eye and developmental complications. During your consultation, your Center For Sight doctor will help you determine the cause of your entropion.
Correction of entropion is a low-risk procedure. Simple corrective surgery will remove the excess skin surrounding the eye and shorten muscles and tendons with stitches if needed. This procedure can be completed quickly and, in most cases, resolves all irritation.
Our board-certified ophthalmologists have completed many entropion repair procedures. If your eyelid has become a constant source of frustration, Center For Sight is ready to help. You can contact us by clicking below or calling us at 702-724-2020 to schedule an evaluation.