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Correct Entropion and Ectropion with Reconstructive Surgery

By admin December 1, 2022

Entropion and ectropion are conditions where the eyelid margin becomes hyperactive and starts to curl toward the inner or outer area of the eye. 


Eyelid laxity causes the eyelid borders to curl inward, a condition known as entropion. The eyelid edge can become obstructed by the tissue advanced beyond it, thereby causing permanent damage to the cornea and conjunctival surface due to excess exposure to instilled material. 

Eye irritation, redness, and watery eyes are common symptoms of entropion. Not addressing the issue can eventually result in corneal infections, corneal damage, and vision loss. 

In many cases, reconstructive procedure successfully corrects this condition with minimal pain and healing time.


Ectropion is the opposite of entropion, and in this, the lids outside the edge are facing outward. It could be mild, producing signs of weeping. 

Having a tear in your eyelid can cause discomfort. The problem is that the skin of your eyelid is stretching and pinching the eye, which is painful and dangerous. 

If you try to fix this issue by pinching your eyelid closed with tape or cotton balls, you may cause permanent damage and worsen it. 

Reconstructive eyelid surgery can correct both entropion and ectropion issues, giving you relief from pain.

Entropion, ectropion, and medial pterygoid nerve entrapment with bulging eyes are frequent causes of ocular irritation, lid discomfort, and even corneal ulceration. 

This can be debilitating and frustrating. The goal of this reconstructive procedure is to reconfigure the eyelid by creating an extra-uterine margin of tissue between the conjunctiva and sclera in the tear duct, thereby decreasing or eliminating any light reflex.

What Does Operation Involve? 

The operation is performed under local anesthesia, which is injected into your eyelid. The operation lasts from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on whether the operation involves one or both eyes. 

The surgeon might need to remove a tiny part of the eyelid from where the tissue is loose. The surgeon might need to do a skin transplant if the condition is caused by tight skin or scar tissue.

Recovery Time 

You can go home after staying at the hospital for a few hours. Do not get your eyelid wet. Avoid doing eye makeup for a few weeks. Also, keep your face away from the sun. Doing regular exercise will help you start normal activities. Entropion or Ectropion surgery has long-lasting effects. However, the condition may recur over age because of the sagging of the eyelids’ skin and delicate tissues.

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