Ectropion & Entropion
What is Ectropion or Entropion?
Ectropion is when your lower eyelid turns or sags outward exposing the surface of the inner eyelid. Patients generally experience dry eyes, excessive tearing, and irritation.
Conversely, entropion flips the eyelid inward causing eyelashes to rub against the eye’s surface.
Ectropion right lower lid
Ectropion can be caused by skin cancers, trauma, facial paralysis, surgery, or inflammation, but it is most commonly caused by age and gravity. Ectropion repair is often as simple as a horizontal tightening of the lower lid. Less commonly, a more complex surgery which uses a full thickness skin graft is required.
Pre Ectropion Repair
Post Ectropion Repair
Repair of Ectropion with Horizontal Lid Tightening
Like ectropion, entropion is usually a result of aging. The lower lid becomes loose and a muscle called the capsulopalpebral fascia disconnects from the lower eyelid. Surgery reattaches the muscle and tightens the lower lid in a manner similar to what is done for ectropion surgery.
Pre Entropion Repair
Post Entropion Repair
Is Ectropion or Entropion Surgery Covered By Most Insurance Policies?
Both ectropion and entropion surgeries are covered by most insurance policies.