Ectropion & Entropion Newport Beach
An ectropion is an outward turning of the eyelid. An ectropion can be related to aging of the eyelid. Other potential causes include paralysis, or Bell’s palsy. The eyelid can be pulled down due to scarring after an injury, or surgery. Sun damage and skin cancer can also lead to an ectropion.
An ectropion can cause redness, discharge and pain of the eyelid or the surface of the eye. In severe cases there can be damage to the eye itself, potentially causing permanent loss of vision.
An entropion is an inward turning of the eyelid. While this is usually due to a loosening of the eyelid with age, other potential causes include muscle spasm or scarring after an injury, or surgery. Sun damage and skin cancer can also lead to an entropion.
An entropion can be very uncomfortable due to the eyelid skin and lashes rubbing on the surface of the eye. In severe cases there can be damage to the eye itself, potentially causing permanent loss of vision.
An oculoplastic surgeon, such as Dr. Joseph, can identify the cause of your ectropion or entropion and select the specific treatment for that cause, returning the eyelid to its natural position and protecting the health of your eye and vision.
WHAT TYPE OF ANESTHESIA IS USED FOR ECTROPION OR ENTROPION REPAIR?
This surgery can be performed with minimal anesthetic. Often only a local anesthetic is needed. If desired, sedatives delivered intravenously by an anesthesiologist can be used to maximize comfort and relaxation. Dr. Joseph will discuss all of your options with you during your consultation.
HOW LONG DOES ECTROPION OR ENTROPION REPAIR TAKE?
The average surgery usually requires between 30 to 60 minutes. However, this time will vary depending on the specific goals that you and Dr. Joseph set forth. Every surgery is unique and to achieve the absolute best result, no surgery is ever rushed.
WHAT IS RECOVERY LIKE FOR ECTROPION OR ENTROPION REPAIR?
Recovery varies by individual. The eyes are usually swollen and bruised for 1 to 2 weeks. There can be some pain after surgery, but it is usually well controlled with ice compresses and over-the-counter medications.
HOW CAN I CONTACT DR. JEFFREY JOSEPH, M.D.?
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