What is Eyelid Malposition?
The position of the eyelids is important for many normal eye functions, including eye protection and moisture retention. Sagging eyelids or eyelids that turn inward or outward can result in a variety of problems. At Oculus Plastic Surgery, our experienced team can address conditions that change the normal position of the eyelids, also known as eyelid malposition. If you have been diagnosed with entropion, ectropion, or eyelid retraction, set up a consultation with plastic surgeon Dr. Chip Cole in Atlanta, GA. We'd be happy to explain all of your treatment options.
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What are the symptoms of eyelid malposition?
Eyelid malposition can be caused by tissue laxity that comes with age or a medical condition like facial paralysis. Common symptoms associated with eyelid malposition include changes in the position of the eyelids, excessive tearing, eye redness or irritation, discharge, and impaired vision. Below is a summary of the conditions we can help treat at Oculus Plastic Surgery:
- Entropion (the lower eyelid margin turns inward): The soft tissue that lines the inside of the eyelid provides a comfortable environment for the eye’s sensitive surface. When the lower eyelid turns inward, the rough skin and eyelashes can cause discomfort. Infections and scarring can also develop.
- Ectropion (the lower eyelid margin turns outward): When the lower lid pulls away from the eye, this can lead to dryness and inflammation. Ectropion near the inner corner of the lower eyelid can also cause the tear duct to be drawn away, resulting in chronic tearing. Infection and scarring may occur as a result of this condition.
- Eyelid retraction (the upper or lower eyelids open too wide): Unlike ectropion, the eyelid still lays against the eye but opens wider vertically. This can cause problems like light sensitivity and irritation. Although rare, scarring and infection can also occur. This is demonstrated by white scleral tissue showing above or below the iris.
How is eyelid malposition treated?
Eyelid malposition can be treated through plastic surgery performed by a trained professional. Our goal at Oculus Plastic Surgery is to reconstruct or reposition the affected eyelid(s) — so they are in a more normal and functional position. If your malposition is caused by old age, age-related skin laxity may also be corrected at the same time to improve the appearance of your eyes. During a consultation with Dr. Cole, we can discuss the details of the procedure and what to expect.
Eyelid malposition FAQs
How do I know if I have eyelid malposition?
Eyelid malposition is more common than you think. It can cause pain, discomfort, or decreased vision that interferes with your day-to-day life. Dr. Cole can provide a diagnosis during an eyelid assessment. Please make an appointment if you have excess tearing, pain or stinging in your eyes, light sensitivity, redness, or inflammation.
What happens if eyelid malposition is not treated?
It is possible that entropion, ectropion, or eyelid retraction may worsen with age. If left untreated, eyelid malposition can lead to irreversible damage and scarring that impacts your vision and eye health. The good news is that many conditions that cause eyelid malposition can be resolved through our cutting-edge procedures.
Is eyelid surgery permanent?
Yes, the effects of eyelid surgery are designed to be permanent. However, our treatment options cannot stop future aging and loss of skin laxity. If you're considering eyelid surgery, our team in Atlanta, GA, can review the different options available for correcting eyelid malposition and how to make your results last as long as possible.
Improve your eye health
Entropion, ectropion, and eyelid retraction are chronic problems that can impact your quality of life. If you are tired of living with pain and discomfort, the professionals at Oculus Plastic Surgery are here to help. Dr. Chip Cole understands the way your eyelid should look and feel, which is why we offer corrective surgery to restore natural eyelid appearance and function. To learn more about our clinic and how we achieve long-lasting results, please contact us in Atlanta, GA, to set up a consultation.