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Eyelid Malpositions

Entropion (Eyelid Turns Inward)
Entropion, a condition in which the lower eyelid turns inward, can cause eye irritation and result in excessive tearing, crusting, mucous discharge and even vision loss. Although most commonly the result of aging and the weakening of the eyelid muscles, entropion may also be caused by a birth defect, eye injury, scarring or tumors.

Patients whose eyelids turn inward can undergo an outpatient surgical procedure to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position. For those cases where surgery is not an option, the condition is treated with lubricating drops, ointments and temporary sutures. Since entropion can cause damage to the outer part of the eye, known as the cornea, we strongly suggest an evaluation with our oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Zwick.

Ectropion (Eyelid Turns Outward)
Ectropion, a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outward, can cause eye irritation and result in excessive tearing, crusting and mucous discharge. Although most commonly the result of aging and the weakening of the eyelid muscles, ectropion may also be caused by a birth defect, eye injury, scarring or skin cancers. An outpatient surgical procedure can be performed to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position. To prevent dryness of the cornea, artificial tears and ointments may be prescribed to help keep the eyes lubricated. Since ectropion can cause damage to the outer part of the eye, known as the cornea, we strongly suggest an evaluation with our oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Zwick.

Congenital Disorders
A variety of congenital disorders can involve the eyelids, lacrimal system and orbits. Such disorders include congenital ptosis, nasolacrimal duct obstruction, dermoid cysts, eyelid malformations and craniofacial defects. Many of these disorders can be isolated and surgically repaired; others may be a part of a medical syndrome that requires the care of several specialists.

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