As we age, our eyelid skin begins stretching. This can cause your lower eyelid to turn outward. This is called an ectropion. Outward-turning eyelids can cause redness, dryness, discomfort, excessive tearing and eye irritation. But with corrective eyelid surgery to repair this condition, you can avoid these eye health issues and potential for vision loss.
The most common causes of an ectropion include age-related weakening of the connective tissue around the eye, sun damage, burns and tumors. In some cases, an ectropion is a congenital defect or the result of facial palsy. For the correction of an ectropion, Dr. Scott may recommend a surgical procedure to tighten the lid.
Keep in mind that results vary according to the individual patient and the chosen procedure. At times, more than one procedure may be needed to achieve the best results. Dr. Scott will explain all surgical procedures as any procedure, no matter how minor or major, has risks.
For more information regarding ectropion repair, please call us at 703-620-4300 or use our convenient Request an Appointment form. We welcome patients from Alexandria, Annandale, Arlington, Fairfax, McLean and close-by cities and towns.