About Entro & Ectropion
Entropion and ectropion are eyelid conditions that affect your lower lids, imapcting your overall eye health and vision and can cause discomfort. Entropion tends to more bothersome as it affects the lower eyelid and leads it to turn inward toward the surface of the eye, causing the eyelashes and lid to rub against the eye. This may lead to chronic red eyes, constant irritation, and the overproduction of tears. Although an ectropion is much more common, it progresses more slowly over time, and therefore seems less bothersome. This does not mean it is less of an issue! Ectropion causes the lower eyelid to slowly pull down or turn outward, which can expose too much of the eye surface, leading to symptoms of dry eye, excessive tear production, and red eye. Patients often report a constant burning sensation associated with ectropion.
When your eyelids curl inward or outward, your eyes can become irritated and cause inflammation and even pain. Dr. Alison Tendler, a board-certified ophthalmologist and the medical director at ART Vision in Sioux Falls, SD, is skilled in the treatment of entropion and ectropion. She offers effective treatment options that will help you improve your visual lifestyle while correcting the underlying cause of your discomfort. Learn more about these eyelid conditions below, then contact our helpful team to schedule your consultation.
"Dr. Allison Tendler and the staff at Art Vision are THE BEST. Their approach to patient care is refreshing. They listen to me at every appointment. They discuss treatment options and are sincere in their concern for my eye health. Their facility is amazing. Everyone single member of the staff has taken the time to get to know me and greets me by name when I walk in. Dr. Tendler is an expert and has walked me through every step of the way. From someone who was scared to death of having anything done with my eyes to being given the gift of sight - Art Vision is a world class organization and we are lucky to have them here in Sioux Falls."- M.H. / Google / Feb 14, 2020
"I was very happy and well-pleased with the excellent job Dr. Tendler did on repairing my drooping eyelids. She is very caring and concerned about her patients. I enjoyed meeting her and am very happy with the work she did for me. Being able to see with wide open eyes, and no eyelashes blocking my vision is great. I didn't realize what a difference the surgery would make."- K.D. / Healthgrades / Apr 25, 2017
"Amazing Care! - Dr. Tendler was kind and considerate. She even called my home number after surgery to see how I was doing. I don't think anyone could find a more caring doctor or facility."- Anonymous / Vitals / Jun 16, 2016
"Dr. Alison Tendler gave me the gift of sight back! Without her help I would be completely blind today. For many years my sight was deteriorating. I had tried new eyeglasses with different prescriptions but noting seemed to help with my vision issues. My optometrist Dr. Alan Jones referred me to Dr. Tendler. January of 2010 Dr. Tendler did a cornea cell transplant on my left eye. I was 55 at the time. I was scared what if it didn't work and I was blind in my left eye. Several days later I was at my business sitting in my office when I looked up and realized that I was able to see and read a sign that was across the road over 400 feet away. Dr. Tendler recommended that I do the surgery on my other eye and I agreed with her. Today my vision in both eyes is 20/20. Thank you Dr. Alison Tendler you gave me my eyesight back. I am forever grateful. I highly recommend Dr. Alison Tendler!"- L.J. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
"8 months later I am thrilled by my refractive cataract surgery. I had both eyes done and within days of my surgeries being completed, I was amazed by how clearly I could see. By adding the refractive lenses, I am now able to read without the aid of glasses. As an avid golfer, I initially went in since I could not see the golf ball at a distance as it traveled and landed. I not only have my distance vision back, but my near vision as well. It has been an amazing opportunity to be able to see this well again."- J.H. / Office Visit / Mar 22, 2021
You may consider scheduling an appointment for a consultation with Dr. Tendler if you are experiencing these symptoms:
- Inflammation of the eye, including a redness
- "Infection" of the eye
- Burning sensation
- Excessive tearing
- Dry eye symptoms
- The irregular inward or outward curvature of the eyelids
Entropion and ectropion are most commonly caused by aging. As we age, our muscles can weaken, becoming stretched or loose, and lead to the unnatural inward or outward curvature responsible for these conditions. Other common causes are medical conditions (such as Bell's palsy), as well as infection, injury, and eye surgeries. Sleep apnea is also a common culprit. The conditions are most common in older populations, especially in those who also suffer from excess skin around the eyes and drooping eyelids.
Diagnosis and Treatment
After diagnosing the conditions during an eye examination, Dr. Alison Tendler will create a treatment plan, which may include eye drops, ointment, or at home therapy to relive pain and discomfort. Surgical oculoplastic repair of the condition will also be discussed. Using a minimally invasive surgical technique, Dr. Tendler will gently reshape your eyelid during an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than 30 minutes. Local anesthetic and mild sedation are provided to maximize your comfort.
Cold compresses are used immediately after surgery to help with swelling and bruising. Detailed home instructions will be provided. Most people have minimal discomfort but can experience blurry and fluctuating vision, foreign body sensation, and dryness. This gets better quickly. Depending upon your healing progress, you can plan to return to work or drive in a matter of days. All stitches are dissolvable but you will need to return to our facility for your follow-up visits to ensure adequate healing. Improvement of symptoms will be discussed.
Seek Relief Today
At ART Vision, we strive to provide you with the care and relief you need to meet more than just your vision clarity. We offer effective solutions for many of your vision and oculoplastic needs and can help you achieve the relief you need and desire. For more information about entropion and ectropion conditions, or the surgical method used to treat them, contact ART Vision to schedule your consultation at our Sioux Falls, SD facility. We look forward to meeting you so you can begin to See the World Better and See Yourself Better.