Entropion and Ectropion Treatment in San Antonio, TX
Parkhurst NuVision is an eye surgery practice dedicated to both producing the best outcomes, and treating you as a valued guest the entire time you’re in our care. With the latest surgical technologies and techniques, and doctors who cater to your specific needs, Parkhurst NuVision is San Antonio’s premier choice when you need vision correction, reconstructive and cosmetic eye surgery, and more.
We offer a variety of surgical and non-surgical solutions for entropion and ectropion — serious eyelid conditions that can threaten eye health. Our knowledgeable oculofacial specialist has the experience needed to personalize your eyelid repair and provide refreshed, natural-looking results.
What is Entropion?
Entropion is an eye condition where the eyelid folds inwards, which causes the eyelashes to rub against the front of the eye. The lid may only turn inwards when you blink, or it may stay folded in.
Entropion is most common in adults over the age of 60. If left untreated, entropion can cause eye infections, damage to the cornea (the front of the eye), and eventually vision loss.
How is Entropion Treated?
Temporary treatment for entropion can include eye drops that soothe eye irritation and protect the cornea, as well as medical skin tape that keeps the eyelid in place. However, the only true long-term solution for entropion is surgical repair of the eyelid. We remove excess tissue, and tighten tendons and muscles, ultimately pulling the eyelid back into place.
Entropion surgery is a reconstructive procedure that prevents vision loss and corneal damage. That means it’s typically deemed “medically necessary” and covered by insurance.
What is Ectropion?
Ectropion is when the eyelid turns outward and away from the eye, exposing the inner eyelid. This is caused by a weakening of the lid’s tendons and muscles that occurs naturally with age. Ectropion can also be caused by growths, scars, muscle paralysis, or genetic disorders.
Ectropion can leave the cornea and conjunctiva (the membrane that lines the eyelids and whites of the eye) unprotected, and prone to irritation and infection. This can further lead to blurry vision, excessive tearing, and vision loss.
How is Ectropion Treated?
Like entropion, ectropion has short-term solutions including eye drops, ointments, and surgical tape, but the only lasting solution is surgery. A small portion of the lid is removed, and the tendons and muscles are tightened to pull the eyelid up against the eye.
Depending on the severity of ectropion, a skin graft, scar tissue removal, or other work may be needed to guarantee eyelid function and natural-looking results. Ectropion repair surgery is also typically considered medically necessary, and as a subsequently covered by insurance.
Entropion and Ectropion Surgery at Parkhurst NuVision
At Parkhurst NuVision, every element of our practice is designed to make you feel cared for and confident in the care you’ll receive: our comfortable office and surgical suite, our state-of-the-art technology, and the way our staff attend to your every need.
Throughout the entire surgery process — from your pre-operative consultation to any follow-up appointments you might need — we’ll be there to take care of you and your specific case. We’ll do everything necessary to ensure you become another of our thousands of success stories.
Our Oculoplastic Surgeon, Brett W. Davies, M.D., M.S.
Brett W. Davies, M.D., M.S., is our board-certified and fellowship-trained oculoplastic and reconstructive surgeon. His advanced research and patient care have earned him numerous awards over his career, as well as the trust of his patients and team alike.
Dr. Davies leverages years of experience when evaluating your unique case of entropion or ectropion, and will ensure that you’re comfortable, your entire surgical process is smooth from start to finish, and that you exit his care with perfectly natural-looking results.
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