As you get older, one or both lower eyelids can sometimes droop away from the eye and turn outwards. This is known as an ectropion .
The drooping eyelid can disrupt the normal production of tears, which cancause your eye to become dry,red and irritated.
Treatmentmay not be needed in mild cases, althoughdrops or ointment may help make your eye more comfortable. Sometimes a minor operation is needed to correct the position of the eyelid. It usually affects the lower lids, but it can also affect the upper lids. Like ectropion, this is often age-related.
Entropion usually causes an uncomfortable watery eye because the lashes irritate the front of the eye (cornea). If this is mild, using eyedrops may be enough to protect the eye and keep you comfortable.
Severe entropion can be painful and cause vision loss by damaging the cornea.Occasionally, a corneal ulcer can form and become infected. Surgery may be needed to correct entropion if it's posing a risk to the health of your eye or is causing considerable discomfort. This is carried out under local anaesthetic.
If you have entropion, you should discussyour treatment options with your GP. Consult your GP immediately ifyour eye becomes painful and red and your vision is affected.
Read about some of the main causes of eyelid problems, including cysts, styes, blepharitis, dry eyes, ptosis, ectropion and entropion.
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