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  • Writer's pictureJean-Paul Abboud, MD, PhD

What is an Epiblepharon? And how do I Repair Them?

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

Epiblepharon is a condition in which an eyelid muscle (the preseptal portion of the orbicularis oculi muscle) and an extra roll of skin push the eyelashes upwards toward the eye. It is present at birth and occurs most commonly in children who are Asian, Hispanic, or Native American.

Epiblepharon is most often asymptomatic. However, in certain cases, the eyelashes can rub against the front of the eye (cornea) causing a foreign body sensation, redness, irritation, avoidance of light (photophobia), and tearing.  Most children outgrow this condition without surgery as the facial structures develop.

Occasionally, surgery is needed to correct the condition if it does not resolve on its own and if the eyelashes continue to irritate or scratch the cornea.

This lovely patient underwent lower eyelid epiblepharon repair. Results shown are 6 weeks after repair.

Before and After Epiblepharon Repair
Before and After Epiblepharon Repair

Below is a surgical video demonstrating how I repaired her epiblepharon. This was performed in the office. Total operative time for both sides was around 30 minutes.

For more information about epiblepharon, or to schedule a consultation, call us at 858.356.2647


These are images of actual patients of Dr. Jean-Paul Abboud. They are shown for informational purposes only and are provided with patient consent for use on this website. Please do not copy or distribute images/videos. Each individual’s treatment and/or results will vary, and no guarantee is stated or implied by any photo or statement used on this website.


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