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Lower Lid


Ectropion or Entropion Repair

Ectropion is an eyelid defect in which the eyelid margin (where the lashes are) turns out – either on the upper or lower eyelid. This leads to a variety of symptoms including ocular (eyeball) irritation, red-eye, pain, infections and tearing. It can be present at birth or acquired after trauma, cancers, other growths, inflammation, or can occur with age (most common). Surgical correction is usually straightforward and quick. In rare instances, surgery can be more involved.


As opposed to ectropion, in entropion, the eyelid margin turns in. This causes the eyelashes to rub on the eye itself, leading to similar symptoms as ectropion (red eye, pain, infections and tearing). In this case, however, symptoms are typically more severe and disabling. The causes of entropion are similar to those of ectropion, and surgical correction is also usually minimally invasive.

Incisions for Ectropion and Entropion repairs typically follow the eyelid margin(the eyelashes) and are not normally visible to the naked eye after the patient has undergone the complete course of healing/recovery.


A canthoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to change the architecture and/or appearance of the corners of the eyes (where the upper and lower eyelids meet) and is typically performed to address eyelid laxity (looseness).

A canthoplasty is commonly performed in conjunction with other eyelid surgery, to aid in stabilizing a normal position of the eyelids.


Anophthalmia means no eye. It is a condition that can be congenital (born without an eye) or acquired (surgical removal of an eye resulting from trauma, cancer, etc.). Lack of an eye creates not only an abnormal appearance but can also lead to abnormal function of the eyelids and socket.

Correcting the eyelid and socket deficiencies associated with anophthalmia is extremely specialized work. Dr. Massry sees many patients with this condition and has developed specific expertise in this area of reconstructive surgery.

Thyroid related eyelid and socket disease

Patients with thyroid abnormalities often manifest eyelid and orbital (the bony cavity which house the eyes) disease. Often the upper and lower lids retract (see above) and the eyes become prominent. There are a wide variety of medical and surgical treatment options available to patients with this condition. After a thorough evaluation, Dr. Massry can best assess which mode of therapy is best suited for each patient.

Eyelid Cancer Surgery

Cancer of the eyelids and surrounding areas are not uncommon. The excision of the tumor is typically uncomplicated. Conversely, reconstruction of the surgical defect can be extremely challenging.

The importance of specialized training in reconstructive surgery cannot be underscored, and a poor result can lead not only to poor cosmesis but also pain, discomfort, infection, and loss of vision.

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3801 Las Posas Road, Suite 112
Camarillo, CA 93010
Phone: 805-388-1211

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