Eye Center South has been the premier eye care provider in the Wiregrass for the past four decades. We’re proud of our commitment to personalized care, our advanced diagnostic and surgical technology, and our team of experienced eye surgeons, because we believe in doing what’s best for our patients, no matter what they need from us.
In order to provide the highest-quality eye care, we also offer treatments and surgical solutions to address conditions that affect the areas around the eyes as well, including the eyelids, brows, and facial muscles. One of these is ectropion, a condition of the lower eyelid that requires surgical intervention to correct.
Our Experienced Dothan Eyelid Surgeon
When you come in for your consultation for ectropion repair at Eye Center South, you’ll have the opportunity to work with Richard W. Bryant, M.D. A board-certified Facial Cosmetic and Orbital Reconstructive Surgeon who trained under world-renowned instructors in Beverly Hills, California, Dr. Bryant is highly sought after across the Wiregrass for his detail-oriented approach to eye surgery. Dr. Bryant is committed to making sure patients understand the process of surgery and recovery, helping them feel comfortable and informed every step of the way.
What is Ectropion?
Ectropion is a condition where the eyelid — usually the lower lid — turns outward and sags away from the eye, exposing the sensitive surface of the inner eyelid. It’s usually caused by the age-related weakening of the muscles and tendons that hold the eyelid against your eye, so it’s more common in older adults.
However, ectropion can also be caused by growths, scars, paralysis, or genetic disorders. Without the lower eyelid in place, both the cornea and conjunctiva are left unprotected; the cornea is the clear front lens of the eye, and the conjunctiva is the tissue surrounding the whites of the eyes and inside the eyelid. Long-term exposure of the cornea and conjunctiva can cause irritation, increased light sensitivity, blurry vision, dryness, excessive tearing, and poor drainage of tears. If left untreated, ectropion can lead to infection and vision loss.
How is Ectropion Treated?
Short-term ectropion treatments include eye drops and ointments to protect the cornea and conjunctiva, as well as the use of a specialized type of surgical tape to hold the eyelid in place, especially at night. However, the only long-term treatment is surgery, which should be completed before permanent damage is done.
During ectropion surgery, we remove a miniscule portion of your lower eyelid and tighten the tendons and muscles beneath the skin, pulling your eyelid up to rest in its proper place against the eye. Depending on the severity of your ectropion and its underlying causes, your procedure may involve a skin graft, scar tissue removal, or other work to guarantee your eyelid works as intended. Since this condition can cause vision loss, ectropion repair surgery is frequently considered medically necessary and therefore covered by most health insurance providers.
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Ectropion Repair in Dothan, AL
If you think you may be experiencing ectropion, the first thing to do is have a consultation with Dr. Bryant and the team at Eye Center South. We can provide you with information about the condition and solutions you need to preserve your vision. At your consultation, Dr. Bryant and his team will evaluate your eyes and eyelids to determine how we can safely, effectively, and comfortably maintain your eye health. Schedule your appointment today by calling (800) 467-1393!