Eyelid Turning Out (ECTROPION)

Ectropion is the medical term used to describe sagging and outward turning of the lower eyelid and eyelashes. This sagging can lead to excessive tearing, crusting of the eyelid, mucous discharge and irritation of the eye. Tearing occurs when the eyelids are not able to properly protect the corneal surface. Most cases of entropion are due to relaxation of the tissues of the eyelid as a result of aging. The surgery to repair entropion is performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient.

Eyelid Turning In (ENTROPION)

Entropion is the medical term used to describe rolling inward of the lower eyelid. Most cases of entropion are due to relaxation of the tissues of the eyelid as a result of aging. Lashes rubbing against the eye can lead to tearing, crusting of the eyelid, mucous discharge, a feeling that something is in the eye, irritation of the cornea, and impaired vision. The surgery to repair entropion is performed under local anesthesia as an outpatient.

EXCESSIVE TEARING

In order for the eye to remain healthy, it must remain moist. The purpose of normal tears is to lubricate, nourish, and protect the eye. When you blink, the eyelid spreads the tears over the surface of the eye and pumps tears into a "duct" that drains the tears into your nose. The most common causes of excessive tearing is a blockage of the lacrimal (tear) duct, malposition of the tear duct, and a deficiency in the production and/or composition of tears. Dr. Morton specializes in tearing conditions and can determine the cause and appropriate treatment for your Wet Eye.

Eyelid Skin Cancers

Eyelid skin cancers occur most often on the lower eyelid, but may be found anywhere on the eyelids or adjacent areas of the face. The most common types are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Both are relatively slow growing. Thus, when detected early and treated in a prompt and appropriate manner, there is a better chance of removing the tumor completely and minimizing the amount of tissue affected by the skin cancer.

Blepharospasm

Blepharospasm is a debilitating disorder of involuntary spasms of the eyelid muscles. The onset of blepharospasm is typically in the fifth to sixth decade and is more common in women. The cause of blepharospasm is not known. It is often made worse by stress, fatigue, bright lights, watching television or driving, and social interactions. Systemic medications have limited use in treating the disease. Botox treatments can be life changing for these patients.

Thyroid Related Eye Disease

Also known as Graves' disease, is associated with a hyperactive thyroid gland and may develop at any age and in either sex. The cause of Graves' disease is unknown. When Graves' disease affects the eyes, they may bulge or appear red and swollen, the space between the lids may widen, excess tearing and discomfort may occur and there may be sensitivity to light, blurring or double vision, inflammation, or decreased eye movement. Although Graves' disease may affect comfort, vision, or appearance, many of these problems can be treated successfully. Thorough discussions with your physician will help determine an appropriate treatment plan.

Orbital Trauma

Injuries to the face can result in fractures to the delicate bones around the eyes. These fractures can result in limitations of eye movement as well as a sunken eye appearance. Dr. Morton uses a number of surgical implants and techniques to correct these deformities.

When an eye is removed

Removal of an eye associated with tumor, trauma or other disease is never easy for patient or doctor. Using the latest in surgical techniques, implants and prosthesis', Dr. Morton can provide a surprisingly normal appearance for his patients. Today's techniques allow for a prosthetic eye that moves and looks so natural that others may never know it is artificial.

Upper Eyelid Drooping (PTOSiS)

Droopy eyelids occur when the edge of the upper eyelid covers part or all of the pupil, blocking part of your vision field. In most cases, a drooping upper eyelid results from aging but may follow trauma or eye surgery. Repair can improve vision and appearance.