Is a condition when the lower eyelid turns outwards. As the result the inner ‘pink part’ of the eyelid is exposed to the air and gets irritated.
Ectropion in more common in older people and can affect both men and women. Ageing of structurally weakens all tissues that add to the risk of developing ectropion.
The symptoms of ectropion are due to abnormal, prolonged and constant exposure of the eyelid and the eye. Irritation of the eye, gritty feeling, feeling of dry eye and excessive tearing are the common symptoms
If you have ectropion you will experience symptoms due to irritation such as excessive tearing, and gritty feeling due to dryness. Your eyes will appear red and inflamed and the lower eyelid will be pulled down or turned outwards exposing the inner pink part of the lower eyelid.
There are numerous causes of ectropion.
Yes, ectropion correction surgery is performed under Anaesthesia in hospital as a day surgery procedure
Lubricating eyedrops to the eye every 2- 4 hours
Ice pack cold compress to reduce the swelling
Antibiotic ointment to the suture line three times a day for a week
Keep the area clean and dry
Light activities only for the first week
Your first post-operative visit is scheduled for a week after surgery. The wound will be inspected to ensure it is healing well and there are no signs of infection. The sutures are removed, and you will be advised to continue antibiotic ointment for another week. The inside of the eyelid is inspected to make sure there is no evidence of chemosis, and if present appropriate steroid eyedrops are commenced.
Chemosis is swelling of the conjunctiva (lining of the eyelid) in response to prolonged inflammation of surgery and canthoplasty. There is a definitive predisposition for post lower eyelid surgery chemosis in elderly patients who have pre-existing lower eyelid and conjunctival laxity, poor eyelid closure mechanics and pre-existing ocular surface disease.
The use of eyelid lubricating drops, steroid drops together with systemic steroids and anti-inflammatory medications can help treat mild chemosis.