Ectropion

OVERVIEW

Patients with ectropion have a sagging lower eyelids that leaves the eye exposed and dry.  It is caused by a lack of tone of the delicate muscles that hold the lid taut against the eye.  Excessive tearing is a common with ectropion, but wiping the tears away only causes the lid to sag more.  Ectropion is most common among people over the age of 60.

Ectropion

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  • Irritation
  • Burning
  • Gritty, sandy feeling
  • Excessive tearing
  • Red, irritated eyelid

DETECTION AND DISGNOSIS

Ectropion can be diagnosed with a routine eye exam. 

TREATMENT

The irritation can be temporarily relieved with artificial tears and ointments to lubricate the eye; however, surgery to tighten the lid is usually necessary to correct this problem. 

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