How Does Ectropion Affect the Eyelid?

The eyelids are a vital part of the body. These thin sections of tissue are responsible for keeping the eyes lubricated and protecting them from foreign items and potential threats.

Ectropion is a concerning condition that forces the eyelid to turn outward, separating it from the surface of the eye. This can lead to a number of issues with the eyelid and the eye itself. You may experience excessive tearing, a gritty feeling on the eyes, irritation around the eye, and excessive dryness. Sensitivity to light may occur, and if left untreated, there is the risk of vision impairment.

Ectropion can vary in degrees from mild to severe. In mild cases, only a part of the eyelid is turned outward. In severe cases, the entire eyelid has been affected. If you are in need of high-quality professional care, contact us to schedule a consultation with oculofacial plastic surgeon Dr. Gregory Lewen.