Preparing for your appointment

If you have signs and symptoms of ectropion, you're likely to start by seeing your primary care doctor. He or she may refer you to a doctor who specializes in treating eye disorders (ophthalmologist).

Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.

What you can do

Before your appointment take these steps:

  • List symptoms you've been having and for how long
  • Find a photo of yourself before the appearance of your eyelid changed that you can bring to the appointment
  • List all medications, vitamins and supplements you take, including the doses
  • List key personal and medical information, including other conditions, recent life changes and stressors
  • List questions to ask your doctor
  • Ask a relative or friend to accompany you, to help you remember what the doctor says

For ectropion, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:

  • What's the most likely cause of my symptoms?
  • What kinds of tests do I need? Do they require any special preparation?
  • Is this condition temporary or long lasting?
  • Can ectropion damage my vision?
  • What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
  • What are the risks of surgery?
  • What are the alternatives to surgery?
  • I have these other health conditions. How can I best manage them together?
  • Do you have any brochures or other printed material that I can take with me? What websites do you recommend?

What to expect from your doctor

Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:

  • When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
  • Have your symptoms been continuous or occasional?
  • Have you had any previous surgery or procedures on your eye or eyelid?
  • Have you had any radiation treatments of your head and neck?
  • Have you had any other eye problems, such as an eye infection or an injury?
  • Are you taking any blood thinners?
  • Are you taking aspirin?
  • Are you using any eyedrops?