Eyelid Deformities, Outward or Inward Turning in Lids and Eyelashes (Ectropion - Entropion)

Ectropion (turning outward of the eyelid margin and eyelashes) and entropion (turning of the eyelid margin and eyelashes inward) are the most common eyelid deformities in oculoplastic surgery. These tables usually occur spontaneously in advanced ages. However, it can also be followed at younger ages after congenital, traffic accident, injury, previous facial surgeries and radiation treatments, or secondary to skin diseases. In order for the eye surface and the eye to continue its functions normally, both the upper and lower eyelids in front of it must work properly and cover the eye properly, thus protecting the eye surface and tear functions. As the lids turn inward and the ciliated lid margin constantly irritates the eye surface, complications such as eye infections and eye loss can be observed. The outward turning of the eyelids can cause the eye to remain open, especially while sleeping, and cause eye infections and eye loss. In the treatment of these conditions, apart from temporary solutions such as wetting the eye surface with drops, it is often aimed to remove the lid deformity surgically.

The 3 most frequently asked questions to Dr. Onur Konuk about lid deformity:

1. How is inward or outward rotation surgery performed on the lid?

Valve surgery is usually performed under local anesthesia. Congenital valve deformities require general anesthesia in children. Procedures that correct the valve anatomy are frequently applied. Samples taken from places that imitate lid skin such as behind the ear or arm, or from tissues that imitate eye membranes such as oral mucosa and amniotic membrane can be used in surgery in cases related to tissue deficiencies.

2. How long does the surgical procedure take and when can I return to work?

The process takes 1-3 hours depending on the severity of the table. Cases can usually start work within 15 days.

3. Is it possible to see recurrence of the picture after this operation?

Correction of the picture requires a complex surgical procedure to correct various steps. If these steps are not performed with appropriate surgery, the table may recur. For this reason, it is a procedure that should be performed by experienced oculoplastic surgeons working on this subject.