What is an ectropion?
An ectropion is an eyelid malposition consisting in the outward folding of the eyelid so it does not sufficiently rest on the eye, thus leaving it exposed and unprotected.
Signs and symptoms
Eye irritation, redness, tearing, photophobia and a foreign body sensation in the eye.
The most common cause is aging, which increases the laxity of the tissue. However, there are also other causes related to eye traumas and scarring.
In order to foresee and, therefore, prevent any complications, the patient should go to see an oculoplastic surgeon in order to decide on the most appropriate surgical procedure for the patient. Considering that aging is a frequent cause of ectropions, more serious problems requiring a more specific treatment could stem from this condition.
Treatment will consist in corrective surgery in order to avoid potential complications, such as corneal ulcers and perforations. Patients will undergo an outpatient surgery under local anesthesia and sedation. In most of the cases the results are immediate and reach high levels of post-operative comfort.