The eyelids can occasionally assume unnatural or incorrect positions.

When the eyelid turns out, it is called an"ectropion." Constant irritation may result from the eye being too exposed.

When the eyelid turns in, it is called an"entropion." The eyelashes can rub on the cornea and cause great discomfort and the potential for infection and ulceration of the cornea.

In both cases, the tears may not be able to find their way to the drains in the eyelid. Both of these problems can be corrected with simple surgical procedures.

Your Surgical Experience:

The surgery for correcting the eyelids is done under IV and local anesthesia and involves tightening and repositioning the eyelid while restoring balance to the muscles and tendons. Patients are usually given mild sedation from IV medication in a vein in their arm. This will ensure that patients are comfortable. There is usually no need for general anesthesia or a breathing tube or breathing machine.

We do anticipate you being at the center for a few hours for the entire process of checking in, speaking with Dr. Howard and Malissa Sandhu PA-C prior to your procedure, performing the procedure, waking up from anesthesia, and listening aftercare instructions.

After your procedure:

Following the procedure, patients are observed for a short while before they are allowed to go home. The first two days following surgery should be spent relaxing with the head elevated and applying ice packs (we suggest frozen peas if you do not have an ice pack). You will apply ice to the area(s) 30 minutes on and 30minutes off for the first 48 hours during awake hours and then 4 times daily until your recheck appointment 1 week later. This will help keep swelling to a minimum.

You will be seen by Dr. Howard and/or Malissa Sandhu, PA-C 1-2 weeks following your procedure to ensure you are healing properly.

There are several tiny stitches that are placed that will dissolve over the first 2-4 weeks.

These procedures are usually covered by insurance.