Entropion & Ectropion Treatment in Huntington Beach

19671 Beach Blvd. Suite 400 Huntington Beach, California 92648

Entropion Huntington BeachEntropion and ectropion are related conditions that affect the eyelids. The primary difference is the way the eyelid turns. Entropion describes an eyelid that has turned inward, and ectropion describes an eyelid that turns outward. Both conditions usually affect the lower eyelids; cases of entropion and ectropion in the upper eyelid are rare.

Patients with entropion or ectropion may experience significant irritation and discomfort. They may also wish to address the problem cosmetically. The ophthalmologists at Clarity Eye Group treat both conditions for patients in Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Orange County.


Symptoms of Entropion & Ectropion

An eyelid with entropion curls inward, causing the eyelashes to touch the surface of the eyeball. This is usually a source of irritation (always feeling like something is floating on your eye) and can even be painful. Eyes affected by entropion are often red, teary, and sensitive to light and wind. The eyelid may also be more susceptible to crusting.

Ectropion eyelids curl outward, exposing more of the eye’s surface than would otherwise be exposed. This makes the eye more prone to irritation and drying out. Moreover, the position of the eyelid can lead to improper tear drainage, which causes water to flow over the eyelids rather than out the puncta (the normal tear drainage area at the inner corner of the eye). Patients with ectropion also experience light sensitivity.

Who Is at Risk for Entropion/Ectropion?

Both conditions primarily occur due to aging. Facial tissue and muscles becomes looser and more relaxed over time, which can cause the eyelid to shift out of position. About 2% of people over the age of 60 develop entropion or ectropion.

Scars, often from another eye surgery, can affect the curvature of the eyelid and lead to entropion or ectropion. Although not common, some babies have congenital entropion/ectropion.

Treating Entropion and Ectropion

Ectropion Orange CountyWhile many of the symptoms of entropion and ectropion, such as dry eye, can be eased with non-invasive treatments, the main way to permanently correct the problem is with surgery.

For entropion and ectropion surgery, the ophthalmologist typically removes a small amount of tissue from the lower eyelid, tightening the muscles in the process. This allows the eyelid to rest against the eye in a normal manner. This approach is sometimes modified for patients whose entropion or ectropion is caused by scar tissue; skin grafting may be necessary.

Most procedures are performed using local anesthesia (a numbing agent) to keep the patient comfortable during the surgery. The patient may also choose to take a light sedative to stay relaxed.

Entropion and ectropion surgeries are outpatient procedures, which means that patients recover from their surgery at home. Patients can expect swelling and bruising around the eyelid to linger for about two weeks.

Why You Should Treat Your Entropion/Ectropion at Clarity Eye Group

Clarity Eye Group’s team includes two amazing ophthalmologists/facial plastic surgeons: Dr. Antoine Fahd and Dr. Lee Novak. With an in-depth understanding of facial anatomy, both doctors know how to make precise, modest adjustments to the eyelids for an outcome that looks both natural and attractive while relieving the patient’s discomfort. To speak to one of our ophthalmologists about treatment options for entropion and ectropion, please call (714) 842-0651 to schedule a consultation.

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19671 Beach Blvd. Suite 400 Huntington Beach, California 92648