Ectropion is where the lower eyelid droops away from the eye and turns outwards. It's not usually serious, but can be uncomfortable.

Ectropion mainly affects the lower eyelid and can occur in one or both eyes.

The drooping eyelid can disrupt the drainage of tears, which can make the eyes:

  • sore, red and irritated
  • Watering eyes
  • feelvery dry andgritty
  • more vulnerable to bacterial infections, such as conjunctivitis

Insevere cases that aren't treated, it's possible to develop a corneal ulcer (a sore on the eye's surface) that could affect your vision. However, this is rare.

Ectropion is different to entropion , which is where the eyelid turns inwards, towards the eye.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 24 Nov 2016