Ectropion

Ectropion


Ectropion is where the lower eyelid droops away from the eye and turns outwards. It can occur as tissues and muscles of the eyelids become weaker with aging. Ectropion not usually serious, but can be uncomfortable. Ectropion mainly affects the lower eyelid and can occur in one or both eyes. Drooping of the eyelid disrupts the drainage of tears, which can make the eyes water, sore, red and irritated. Ectropion can also make your eyes feel dry and gritty and more vulnerable to bacterial infections, such as conjunctivitis. Most cases of ectropion are associated with ageing. Surgery for ectropion is usually carried out under local anaesthetic. A number of surgical procedures are used to correct ectropion, the choice of procedure will be determined by your surgeon and depends on the severity and underlying cause. In general, a small part of the eyelid margin is removed from the outer corner of the eyelid. Your surgeon will then reposition the eyelid correctly using stitches allowing the tears to drain properly. Following surgery, a protective pad will be placed over your eye for approximately 24 hours. A course of antibiotic and steroid drops or ointment will usually be prescribed to help prevent infection and reduce inflammation.