Consultant Ophthalmologist,
Cataract & Refractive Surgeon

BMedSci BM BS MRCS MRCSEd MRCOpth FRCOphth MMedLaw PgD Cataract & Refractive Surgery

Ectropion

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What’s going on?

The lower eyelid is turned out. This means that the eye may dry up because the tears pool in the bottom part of the eye rather than being spread over the front of the eye with each blink. The eye may water because this pool will eventually overflow. 

What will my ophthalmologist see?

We can usually work out why the lower lid is turned out. It is usually due to simple ageing processes but sometimes there are other reasons.

What will my ophthalmologist do for me?

We can operate to correct this for you.

What can I do?

You need to report if your eye suddenly becomes red as this could mean the cornea (the clear window at the front of the eye) has become too dry.

What do I need to know?

This condition tends to affect both eyes and may even come back years after surgery (the joys of ageing!).