Ectropion refers to the condition in which the upper or, more commonly, the lower eyelid turns out, and can be associated with symptoms of irritation, tearing, blurred vision and dryness of the eyes due to inadequate function of the tear pump mechanism and exposure of the eye from lack of protection from the eyelid.
It is important to identify the underlying cause in order to select the best surgical treatment. Most commonly, it can be related to sagging from laxity or looseness of the lateral canthal tendon due to age-related changes, but it can also be related to scarring of the skin from prior trauma or eyelid surgery, from facial nerve injury, from eyelid tumors or growths, or from inflammation. Depending on the underlying cause and necessary corrective procedure, the surgical correction is done as an outpatient procedure with local anesthesia and/or light sedation.
Dr. Mahsa Sohrab has extensive training in evaluating the causes of ectropion, selecting and performing the proper corrective surgery. Call today for your consultation at 914-505-6359 or complete a consultation request.