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What is ectropion?

Stretching of the lower eyelid from age may cause the eyelid to droop downward and turn outward. This condition is called ectropion. Eyelid burns or skin disease can also cause this problem. Ectropion can cause dryness of the eyes, excessive tearing, redness and sensitivity to light and wind. Surgery usually restores the normal position of the eyelid, improving these symptoms.

Laura C. Fine, MD
Ophthalmology
Ectropion occurs when the lower eyelid sags and turns outward. The muscles of the lower lid weaken, and the lid no longer comes in contact with the eyeball. As a result, the margin of the lid may thicken, the upper and lower lids no longer meet when the eye is closed, and the eye may tear excessively. The constantly exposed cornea (the curved, transparent dome of tissue at the front of the eye) and conjunctiva (the transparent membrane lining the inner surface of the eyelids) may become red and irritated.

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