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Entropion & Ectropion Treatment

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Entropion is a malposition of the eyelid where the eyelid turns inward. When the eyelid turns inward, the lashes rub against the cornea and the result is chronic irritation with a foreign body sensation and discharge. If left untreated, this may lead to infection or ulceration of the cornea.

Ectropion occurs when the lower eyelid turns outward and no longer is in contact with the eye. The lower lid cannot properly spread the tear film across the eye. As a result, the conjunctiva may become dry and inflamed. This results in chronic redness, tearing and irritation.

Ectropion is usually due to relaxation of the eyelid tissue as a result of aging. It may also result from skin cancers, facial nerve paralysis or following lower eyelid or facial surgery.

The usual treatment of ectropion involves tightening of the lower eyelid with repositioning of the lid to its normal position against the eye.