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Ectropion (Turned Out Eyelid)

Ectropion is a condition where the eyelid is rolled out and the tears do not flow into the tear drainage canal

In patients with ectropion, the eyelids do not meet fully when the eyes are closed, leaving eyes overexposed and under protected. Ectropion is usually caused by tissue weakness brought on by aging. It may also be caused by facial nerve paralysis from certain conditions, including Bell’s palsy and stroke. Ectropion can also result from trauma, scarring from previous eye surgeries, or skin cancer.

Ectropion can cause:

  • Eye pain
  • Decreased vision
  • Chronic tearing
  • Eye infections
  • Crusting
  • A gritty feeling in the eye
  • Mucus discharge
  • Breakdown of corneal tissue from over exposure

Upper eyelid surgery can help correct baggy eyelids by removing excess skin and fat in order to restore lost peripheral vision.  facial plastic surgery provider Dr. Michael McCrackenperforms this procedure by making a small incision hidden in the natural eyelid fold to remove excess skin and fat. The upper eyelid surgery procedure takes about 30 minutes and can be done with local anesthesia in an office setting or in the operating room with IV sedation. Postoperative discomfort is minimal, and most patients can expect to return to normal activities within a week. Stitches are removed at a postoperative visit, usually about a week after the procedure, and most patients can resume wearing makeup and contacts at that time. Dermatochalasis may be seen together with ptosis of the eyelids and the eyebrows.

Dr. McCracken will meet with you to assess your individual situation and discuss any possible risks that you may experience. Request an appointment online or call the McCracken Eye and Face Institute today at 720-729-3988 to set up an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Michael McCracken. As an experienced oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. McCracken performs a number of cosmetic and reconstructive procedures. He treats conditions such as ptosis, entropion and thyroid eye disease.

qt-imgIn September I had an accident which vertically split my upper right eyelid. Dr. McCracken’s office made room to see me on an emergency basis and scheduled me for surgery a few days later…

-Roger Harmelink

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