What Is Ectropion?
Ectropion is a condition in which your lower eyelid droops away from the eye. It tends to be more common among older adults, but can occur in younger people as well. Common ectropion symptoms include redness, tearing, sensitivity to light, and irritation of the cornea (the clear surface of your eyes). Over time, ectropion can cause increased tear production and mucous drainage that leads to eye infections. While it might seem like a cosmetic concern, this condition can lead to physical effects that put the health of your eyes and eyelids at risk.
Ectropion Repair Overview
At Chicago Oculofacial Consultants, ectropion repair may involve tightening or repositioning of the affected eyelid. This can be done through a straightforward procedure that takes less than an hour in many cases. Depending on your individual condition, you may need a combination of ectropion repairs and other treatments to achieve the desired outcome and see full symptom relief.
Ectropion repair is an outpatient procedure, meaning you can typically go home the same day. There is minimal downtime associated with ectropion repair, and you may be able to resume regular activities within about 1-2 weeks after your appointment.
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Benefits of Ectropion Treatment
With ectropion treatment, patients may find a range of benefits, from an improved aesthetic to reduced symptoms. Benefits you can expect to see from ectropion repair include:
- Reduction of symptoms such as redness, tearing, and irritation
- A healthier eye and eyelid
- Improved cosmetic appearance
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Ectropion Repair Before & Afters
Should I Have Ectropion Treatment?
If ectropion is interfering with your daily life and making it difficult to feel comfortable in public, ectropion repair may be worth considering. If you are experiencing ectropion-related symptoms such as redness, tearing, or irritation of the eye, ectropion treatment can help provide symptom relief. First, we recommend setting up your consultation with Dr. Williams to learn if this procedure is right for you. You will have the chance for an in-depth discussion to learn about the surgery and its benefits, as well as if it matches your needs.
After the Surgery: Recovery
After ectropion surgery, patients may experience some bruising and swelling in the area. This typically dissipates within a few days and it is simply part of the healing process. Patients can usually resume regular activities quite soon after ectropion repair, but it varies and will depend on Dr. Williams approval. During recovery, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions that have been given to you by Dr. Williams to ensure a speedy and successful healing period with optimal results at the end.
After the Surgery: Results
Once their ectropion repair is complete, patients can almost immediately notice a reduction in ectropion-related symptoms and an improved aesthetic of the area. Results will be visible right away, but they may take up to several weeks or even months for full results to become apparent. With ectropion repair, you can enjoy a healthier eye and eyelid as well as an improved cosmetic appearance. Our goal is to provide results that lead every one of our patients toward looking and feeling at their absolute best.