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How is ectropion treated?

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
In mild cases of ectropion (when the lower eyelid sags and turns outward), no treatment is needed except the regular use of artificial tears, which may be purchased over the counter, and perhaps the use of a plastic eye shield at night to help retain moisture. If the symptoms or appearance are more bothersome, surgery designed to tighten the lower eyelid and surrounding muscles can correct it. The goal of the procedure is to secure the lower lid so that it rests more closely against the eyeball. After the surgery, you may need to wear an eye patch and apply antibiotic ointment for a few days.

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