WHAT IS AN EYELID REPAIR?
Although they might not be commonly occurring, entropion and ectropion are conditions that affect the eyelid, causing pain and potentially harming your overall vision and eye health. These disorders are characterized by an eyelid that curls inward or outward, which irritates the eye and can lead to inflammation and discomfort. Fortunately, our talented team of board-certified ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA is highly skilled at performing effective treatments for both entropion and ectropion and offers a range of solutions to address your unique issue, including its underlying cause and your life-inhibiting symptoms. Contact one of our offices throughout Central Pennsylvania to schedule your one-on-one consultation and receive the diagnosis you need and achieve relief from your condition.
Entropion impacts the lower eyelid, leading one or both of them to curve inward in the direction of the eye's surface. This often causes the eyelashes and lid to rub uncomfortably against the eye, which may result in significant pain. Entropion can also cause tear overproduction and chronic red eyes due to irritation.
Ectropion is identified when the lower eyelid begins to curve outward. This exposes too much of the eye's surface and underlying tissues beneath, which can cause burning sensations, chronic red eye, and an overproduction of tears. The burning sensation often reported by patients typically leads to pain and discomfort.
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WHO NEEDS EYELID REPAIR?
Any patient suffering from pain and sight issues due to an inward- or outward-curved eyelid should seek help from an eye professional immediately to regain their ease of living and eye health. We encourage you to schedule an appointment at one of our Central PA offices if you're experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Damage to a nerve or facial muscle
- Abnormal eyelid curvature (pointing inward or outward)
- A weakening of the muscles that surround the eyes
- Benign or cancerous growth at or around the eyes
- Inflamed or abscessed eyelid
- Eye trauma or injury
HOW IS EYELID REPAIR DONE?
Our ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA perform all of our surgical procedures, such as entropion and ectropion eyelid repair, at our surgical facility located in Allenwood, which is accredited by the AAAAHC (Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care). Prior to your procedure, we may give you a prescription for pain-relieving eye drops, which can be used as you wait for the date of your scheduled surgery. During your procedure, our ophthalmologists will utilize a delicate, minimally invasive oculoplastic surgical technique to carefully reshape your eyelid and restore its natural curvature.
The procedure itself is usually completed in an hour or less. We will begin by giving you a local anesthetic, after which one of our eye surgeons will reshape the eyelid to achieve a normal appearance and curvature. In some cases, a tiny portion of tissue might be taken away to produce ideal outcomes. Entropion or ectropion eyelid repair is a highly personalized surgery that is tailored to suit your unique needs to ensure that your lasting result is aesthetically pleasing and allows you to once again enjoy excellent eye health and comfortable living.
Following your procedure, a member of our Central PA team will give you detailed post-operative instructions and arrange your future check-in appointments. During your recovery period, it's crucial that you go to each of your follow-up visits and carefully follow your aftercare instructions to ensure that you heal well following surgery. You will have sutures in your eyelid that will be removed at a later date. Our team will continue to monitor your recovery prior to this. It's possible that you could experience a relapse of entropion or ectropion as your body's natural storage of elastin depletes with age.
Seek Relief Today
Our team is devoted to providing men and women with the expert care they need to restore their eye health, achieve clear sight, and regain a comfortable quality of life. If you're experiencing pain or vision difficulties due to an entropion or ectropion eyelid, our ophthalmologists at The Eye Center of Central PA will design a personalized surgical plan to address the disorder and improve your overall condition. Get in touch with one of our offices throughout Central Pennsylvania to schedule your appointment, and get the relief you need.