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HIBBING // (218) 262-3156

Entropion and ectropion are eyelid malpositions (abnormal positions). If you have an eyelid malposition, your eyelid has moved into an awkward position. The eyelid can turn inward or outward leading to eye discomfort, irritation, infection, excessive tearing, dry eye, light sensitivity and more. 

  • Entropion: eyelid turns in so eyelashes rub against the eye
  • Ectropion: eyelid turns out, often occurring in the lower eyelid

Causes of Eyelid Malpositions

  • Eye muscle weakness as a result of aging
  • Previous eyelid surgeries
  • Congenital disorders
  • Paralysis of the face
  • Injury
  • Eyelid growths
  • Eye infection

Surgery for Correcting Inward or Outward Eyelid Positions

At Bonner Eye Clinic, Dr. Grant Carlisle will assess the cause of your eyelid disorder and recommend the best course of action. Surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. A small part of the eyelid may be removed to tighten and reposition the eyelid. If the cause is scar tissue, a skin graft may be necessary to allow the eyelid to rest properly on the eye. The small stitches used to close the incisions will dissolve within two weeks. 

Expect mild bruising and swelling in the eye for approximately two weeks after surgery. Following Dr. Carlisle’s post-op instructions will help minimize discomfort. Medications, antibiotic ointments and cold compresses will most likely be prescribed to help your eyes heal. 

We’d Love to Tell You More About Entropion / Ectropion

We invite you to schedule a consultation so we can assess your eyelids for malpositions. During your visit to our practice, you will learn why so many people trust our team.

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