When part or the entire lower eyelid turns outwards away from the eye, the condition is known as an ectropion. Someone looking at you might be able to see part of the inner surface of the affected eyelid.
What is the cause of an ectropion?
An ectropion mainly occurs in older people. It is thought that the small muscles around the eyelid become weak with ageing. In most cases there is no other underlying problem.
An ectropion may also be caused by any condition that causes scarring of the eyelid or near the eyelid. For example, a burn, infection, tumor or injury to the eyelid.
Finally, any condition that causes weakness of the facial muscles may also include weakness of the eyelid and cause an ectropion.
What are the symptoms of an ectropion?
One eye alone may be affected. However, in the common age-related ectropion, often both eyes are affected.
What is the treatment for an ectropion?
The usual treatment is an operation to tighten the skin and muscles around the eyelid. Treatment usually works well. The best results are obtained if the condition has not become too severe. More extensive plastic surgery may be needed in severe cases.
If you cannot shut your eye properly, whilst awaiting an operation you may be prescribed some lubricating eye ointment to help protect the cornea. You may also be advised to tape the lower and upper eyelids together overnight to protect your cornea when you are asleep.
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