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The skin and muscles of the eyelids stretch as you get older, which can be corrected with entropion or ectropion repair.
It is normal for people to develop either entropion or ectropion, this is usually correlated with ageing, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be sorted out.
Only the lower eyelid is usually affected.
Your eyelid should be in a better position and your symptoms should improve.
As an alternative, you can use artificial tears and ointments to protect the surface of your eye and improve your symptoms. Your surgeon may recommend a special soft contact lens (bandage lens) for you to wear.
If you have entropion, your surgeon may recommend one of the following simple treatments:
The operation usually takes 30 minutes to an hour, depending on whether the operation involves both eyes.
Your surgeon may need to remove a small section of your eyelid where the tissues have slackened most.
If the problem is caused by tight skin or scar tissue, your surgeon may need to use a skin graft.
You will need to do strenuous exercise or bend down until the stitches are removed. It’s very important that you do not wear eye make-up or drink alcohol for a few weeks, as well as keep your face out of the sun.
Regular exercise should help you to return to normal activities as soon as possible. Although, before you start exercising, ask the healthcare team or your GP for advice.
The results of an entropion or ectropion repair last for a long time. However, as you get older your skin and soft tissues of your eyelids will continue to slacken, and the problem may come back.
Like all surgical procedures, there are some complications that can be serious and can even cause death. Please bear in mind the general and specific complications regarding this type of operation.
General complications of any operation
Specific complications of this operation
Our specialist ophthalmic surgeons can carry out entropion or ectropion repair to correct an eyelid that turns in or turns out.
The operation should improve symptoms caused by entropion or ectropion.
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