What does it involve?
The eyelid margin turns outwards and away from the eyeball. Ectropion of the lower eyelid is a very common problem. There are three kinds of ectropion of the lower eyelid: cicatricial, paralytic and involutional.
What causes it?
It is usually caused by tissue relaxation due to aging, but can also occur as a result of paralysis of the facial nerve (Bell’s palsy), trauma, scarring and surgery.
How can it be prevented?
It cannot be prevented, but can be detected early and corrected.
Symptoms include irritation or foreign body sensation, redness of the eyelid margin and tearing.
This condition is corrected by surgery and depends on the type of ectropion detected. An oculoplastic examination is essential to diagnose the condition.