Ectropion is a condition which is characterized by outward turning of eyelid. As result of this inner eyelid become prone to irritation. It is more common in older adults and mostly lower eyelid is affected.
Ectropion presents as:
- Improper drainage of the tears due to outward pulling of eyelids
- Excessive tearing due to improper drainage of tears
- Eyes feel dry and gritty resulting in excessive dryness.
- Stagnant tears causes irritation of eye
There are many causes of ectropion. Such as:
- Weakness of muscles under eyes with age
- Facial paralysis as in Bell’s palsy and in certain types of tumors complete
- Congenital birth defects
- Previous eye surgery like blepharoplasty, or scars
- Growth, which can be benign or cancerous on eyelid.
Diagnosis of this condition depends upon detailed medical history and complete eye as well as physical examination.
Treatment options include:
- Mild ectropion is treated with artificial tears and ointments
- Surgery is usually required to permanently treat the condition.
- After surgery certain antibiotics, sedatives and cold compressions are given.
Lifestyle and home remedies
- Use artificial tears to lubricate the eye in order to prevent vision-threatening damage
- Avoid constantly wiping watery eyes