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Excessive upper eyelid tissue, called dermatochalasis, may interfere with the peripheral vision. To improve the peripheral vision, redundant eyelid skin and fat can be surgically removed.
Both entropion and ectropion are often caused by caused age-related changes in the eyelid muscles. Ectropion is an outward rotation of the lower eyelid margin which may lead to ocular irritation and drying of the ocular surface. Entropion is a condition where the eyelid margin turns inward. The eyelashes may rub against the ocular surface causing irritation and redness.
As with most eye surgeries, eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure and usually involves local anesthesia. During the procedure, incisions are made in the natural creases of the eyelids so that minimal scarring results.