Ectropion is a condition where the eyelid, leaving the inner surface of the eyelids open andsusceptible to irritation. Ectropion occurs mainly in the elderly. In severe ectropion, allsegments of the affected eyelid. When the ectropion is less severe, only one segment of the eyelid sags away from the eye. Artificial tears can help relieve symptoms caused by ectropion to be able to performsurgery to correct the condition.
Ectropion can have several different causes, including:
1. muscle weakness
2. facial paralysis
3. Scars or skin problems
4. Growth in the eyelid
5. Had previously undergone surgery, radiation, or cosmetic procedures
6. Rapid weight loss
7. congenital ectropion
Normally, when blinking, eyelid distribute water evenly across the eye. Thus keeping theeyelids causes remain lubricated. Tears were flowing into the small hole on the inside of the eyelids (puncta). If you have ectropion, lower eyelid pulled away from the eyes and tears did not flow into the puncta properly, causing a number of signs and symptomsinclude:
3. Excessive dryness, sometimes with a sensation such as sandy
Eye drops and ointments can be used to manage symptoms and protect the cornea untilpermanent treatment done. Most cases of ectropion require surgery. Care that can be done for this condition, among others:
1. Stretching of scar tissue
This treatment may be considered if ectropion is caused by the development of scartightening or pulling the skin. Massaging the scar tissue or injected steroids may help tomodify the scar and relieve the ectropion. However, this method may not be effective.
There are several different surgical techniques for ectropion, depending on the causesand conditions of the surrounding eyelid tissue. Before surgery, patients will receive a local anesthetic to numb the eye and surrounding area.
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