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 Frequent Questions about Ectropion Surgery

When the eyelids are turning out away from the eye,  a patient can have a ectropion. An ectropion occurs when the lower or upper eyelid is rotated away from eyeball. The eye can be dry and get irritated. 



What is the downtime for Ectropion Eyelid Surgery?

The downtime for ectropion eyelid  is roughly between two weeks and six weeks depending on what type of ectropion surgery. Some ectropion surgery involves a simple stitch whereas other surgeries involve skin grafts and even deeper tissue.  After that time period patients can use coverup and return to work.


How long is Ectropion Eyelid surgery?

Ectropion eyelid  surgery takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on whether if one or both eyelids are being operated on.


Do I need someone to be with me for my Ectropion surgery?


Yes, you will need someone to drive you to the office and pick you up. It is difficult if not impossible to drive home after ectropion surgery. 


What are the risks of Ectropion Surgery?

Risks of Ectropion eyelid surgery include asymmetry, vision loss, double vision, failure, bleeding, scarring, infection and the need for more surgery. Sometimes the ectropion can come back and further surgery needs to be done. 


When can I resume normal activities after Ectropion Eyelid Surgery?


Usually after two weeks patients are able to return to normal exercise, contact lens use, and physical exercise.


When do the stitches come out after Ectropion Eyelid Surgery?


Stitches are removed one week after Ectropion surgery. Sometimes all the stitches are dissolvable and do not need to be removed. 


What is the success rate for Ectropion Eyelid surgery?


The success rate for ectropion surgery is approximately 95%

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