An ectropion is an outward turning of the lower eyelid causing the eyelashes to turn out resulting in irritation, stickiness and watering. It is most commonly caused by changes in the structures around the eye as you get older. The skin around the eye is quite thin and becomes stretched. This may cause it to turn out on itself. Scarring in the lower lid can also cause ectropion.
If the eyelid turns out the eye will water because the tear duct faces the wrong way. This can be quite irritating. The condition may result in drying and soreness of the inner surface of the eyelid.
No immediate care is available but it is important to avoid stretching the eyelid further by vigorous rubbing. To stop the surface of the eye drying out, apply lubricant drops or ointment.
An operation to tighten up the surrounding tissues and correct the position of the lid is the only permanent solution for an ectropion.