Ectropion refers to droopiness and outward turning of the lower eyelid. As well as being unsightly, this condition can cause various symptoms such as eye watering and soreness. Mr Yadav is an oculoplastic surgeon who specialises in all forms of ectropion correction.
What causes ectropion?
The most common cause of ectropion is ageing as the skin and muscles of the eyelid lose their normal elasticity. However, nerve injuries and scarring of the eyelids and surrounding tissues can also cause this condition.
How is ectropion treated?
The symptoms of ectropion can often be treated with dry eye drops. However, correction of the underlying abnormality requires surgery. There are various surgical options and Mr Yadav will select the correct procedure for you.
What happens after ectropion surgery?
A pressure pad is placed over the eye to minimise the bruising and swelling. This may be removed in an hour or left for a day depending on the surgery. After the pad is removed, you will be given an ointment to use for 2 weeks to prevent infection and help the eyelid to heal quickly. You may be given a plastic shield to use at night for 2 weeks to protect the stitches.
What are the risks of ectropion surgery?
Ectropion surgery is a very low risk procedure. It is normal for the eyelid to be bruised and swollen for a few days after the operation. The eye can occasionally feel gritty and artificial tear drops can help with this. Mr Yadav will aim to hide the scar within the natural contours of your face so visible scarring is minimal. Rare complications include recurrence over time and the need for repeat surgery.