Dr. Soroudi has successfully treated thousands of patients who suffer from conditions impacting the function and appearance of the eyelids, including cases of ectropion, an everted eyelid. Ectropion is a condition in which the lower eyelid sags and turns outward, exposing the eyeball, which often then becomes irritated, red, and uncomfortable. 

What is an everted eyelid?

Symptoms of ectropion

As this condition develops, several symptoms occur:

  • Watery eyes: Natural tears that cannot drain through the eye structure flow over the eyelid.
  • Dry eyes: The eyeball feels dry and gritty.
  • Irritated eyes: As the tears either pool and become stagnant or the eyes grow excessively dry, a burning sensation can occur, along with redness.
  • Light sensitivity: As the cornea becomes irritated, light sensitivity can occur.

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What causes an everted eyelid?

This condition can develop due to physical or congenital conditions, including:

  • Weak eye muscles: With age, the muscles beneath the eyes may weaken and become unable to keep the lower lid raised to cover the eyeball, causing excessive drooping.
  • Illnesses: Some conditions such as Bell’s palsy can cause facial paralysis. The eyelid is affected by the damaged nerves, no longer able to stay elevated.
  • Trauma, surgery: Damage from trauma may impact how the eyelid functions. A poorly performed eyelid surgery may result in the removal of too much tissue, causing the lower lid to droop excessively.
  • Growths on the eyelid: Some growths on the eyelid, cancerous or benign, may cause the eyelid to turn outward.
  • Congenital everted eyelids: In cases of genetic disorders, such as Down Syndrome, a client may have everted eyelids.
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Dr. Soroudi — Exceptional skills and experience

Dr. Soroudi wrote his Master’s degree thesis on conditions that affect the eyelids and the orbit (area of muscles and tissue surrounding the eye). He also spent two years under the direct tutelage of his mentor, Dr. Robert Alan Goldberg, Chief of the Division of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at UCLA to gain experience in treating a range of conditions, including everted eyelids. Since that time, he has performed hundreds of procedures on clients who suffer from this condition, whether due to trauma or aging. The result is not only improved comfort but also a more pleasing appearance.

How does the eyelid work?

The eyelid structure is very much like an elastic band in nature; it gently stretches over the eye and hugs it. The eyelids allow our natural tears to moisten our eyes and corneas when blinking. 

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Age-related eyelid drooping 

For a variety of reasons, some people lose the natural, eye-hugging elasticity of the eyelids, causing them to roll outwards and droop. When the eyelid no longer protects the eyeball, the tears, rather than draining through the nose, will pool and run down the cheeks (this is called epiphora). Also, when the tears don’t do their usual job of constantly lubricating the eye, people with ectropion develop uncomfortable symptoms, such as severely dry eyes, excessive tearing, redness, pain, and in more serious cases, ulceration or bleeding.

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A specialist for everted eyelids

In some cases, an everted eyelid is the result of heavy fat deposits under the eye that pull the lid downward. Skin cancer treatment on the lower eyelid may have left the lower lid in poor condition. Whatever the cause of a drooping lower eyelid, Dr. Soroudi can craft a custom plan to resolve the condition with a minimally invasive approach.