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When they fail to work properly, it can compromise your ocular health. Ectropion and entropion, or the involuntary turning-out or turning-in of the eyelids, can lead to more serious issues if they are not corrected with reconstructive facial surgery. At the Morgenstern Center, oculo-facial surgeons Dr. Ken Morgenstern and Dr. Joseph Giacometti can correct your eyelid issues!
There are four different subtypes of ectropion, each with its own cause:
Ectropion is when your eyelid "turns out," exposing the inside of the eyelid to the open air. This happens most frequently with the lower eyelid. It can lead to redness, swelling, and near-constant irritation around the eye. While eyedrops or artificial tears can provide temporary relief, a surgical procedure is necessary to permanently correct the condition.
The surgical procedure changes depending on what is causing your ectropion. The surgeons at the Morgenstern Center may need to remove a tumor, tighten the skin of the eyelid, or reattach your eyelid to the underlying muscle.
Entropion occurs when the eyelid "turns in," often causing your eyelashes to get tucked between your eyeball and eyelid. This leads to rapid irritation, complete with redness and inflammation all around the affected eye. Involuntary spasms of the eye muscles often accompany these symptoms.
Entropion can sometimes be temporarily treated with BOTOX®, which keeps the muscles around the eyelid from turning the eyelid in. However, as with ectropion, surgery to tighten the eyelid is the only long-term solution.
The different types of entropion include: