Ectropion (eyelid turning outwards)

Ectropion is a condition where the lower eyelid turns away from the eyeball. As the condition becomes more severe, the inner lining of the eyelid (the conjunctiva) is exposed to the air and can become red, swollen, sore and sometimes crusty.

What symptoms may you experience?

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An ectropion can cause:

  • Watery eyes
  • Soreness of the eye and eyelid
  • Redness and crusting of the eyelid margin
  • Discharge from the eyes
  • Grittiness & irritation due to the drying out of the cornea

How is ectropion treated?

If the ectropion is mild and not causing many symptoms, then no treatment is indicated. You may relieve the redness and inflammation of the lower eyelid with topical ointment but this will not cure the condition. The only treatment to correct an ectropion is surgery. Depending on your particular condition and circumstances this can be performed as a clinic procedure in our rooms or in Day Surgery.