What causes ectropion?

Most cases of ectropion are associated with ageing.They usuallyoccur as the tissues and muscles of the eyelids become weaker as you get older.

Less common causes of ectropion include:

  • a problem with the nerves that control the eyelid this is often seen in a type of facial paralysis called Bells palsy
  • a lump, cyst or tumour on the eyelid
  • damage to the skin around the eyelidas a result of an injury,a burn ,a skin condition such as contact dermatitis , or previous surgery

In rare cases, ectropion can be present from birth, if the muscles under the eyeliddon't develop properly.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018