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Ectropion or outward turning or sagging of the eyelid edge
Ectropion is a condition in which the edge of the lower eyelid turns outwards. This in contrast to entropion in which the edge of the eyelid folds inwards.
Our experienced and highly specialised consultants-surgeons treat ectropion with state-of-the art equipment.
Ectropion tends to be an age-related condition but can also be caused by a neurological disorder or scar retraction. Ectropion can be treated by means of a surgical procedure.
The main complaints associated with ectropion are a burning sensation in the eyes and excessive tearing.
Though ectropion tends to be a genetic condition, it can also be age-related or caused by scar tissue, a neurological disorder or a mechanical defect.
Ectropion is also associated with newborns suffering from Harlequin ichthyosis
Preoperative screening is available at our surgeries in Brussels or Dilbeek, or in our eye clinic.
Day of treatment
less than 1 hour in total
Any anticoagulant therapy must be discontinued 7 days prior to your surgery.
On the day of the procedure, it would be best not to drive. So bring someone along to take you home again! We also strongly advise against using public transport.
Before the procedure
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic, with or without a mild sedative.
Using a precisely drawn template, first a layer of skin is removed. The ensuing scar is next to invisible.
The tarsus of the lower eyelid is reinforced and attached to the temporal canthus.
Immediately after your surgery
After your surgery
After the procedure we would advise you to observe the following guidelines:
Do not bend your head down (e.g. to tie shoe laces) or do not lie in a completely horizontal position. Sleep on your back with your head resting on two pillows.
Avoid stress and try to remain calm. It is essential that your blood pressure remains low.
Feel free to read or watch television.
Aftercare consists of anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers in combination with gentle cooling (don’t put ice or a cold pack directly onto the eye but wrap into a thick piece of fabric first or use a clean facecloth dampened with cold water).
1st week after surgery
Eye drop (artificial tears) and an ointment (Tobramycin) will need to be applied to the scar for 1 week.
Removal of the stitches
1 week after the surgery
The stitches will be removed within1 week of your surgery
The chances of complications after ectropion surgery are small. Prior to the procedure, our surgeons will discuss the risks and aftercare with you in detail.
Personal advice from our experts
Our highly specialised surgeons thoroughly examine your eyes and make a detailed diagnosis. They discuss all the options with you in all objectivity.
Personalised eye care
Each eye has its own unique profile, just like your fingerprints. This is why we apply the ultra-personalised topo-guided technique.
We continuously invest in the latest, most reliable technology. We have the most comprehensive and modern technological platform for laser eye treatment and lens surgery.
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