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Eye Department

Ectropion Surgery

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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.

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The operation is generally performed under local anaesthetic as a day case and involves tightening up the surrounding tissues and correcting the position of the lid. 

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You will be given an outpatient appointment for approximately 1 month after the operation where any stitches will be removed.

After the operation, your eyelids may be swollen and they may become sticky. To clean the eye, use some cooled boiled water and tissue.  Do not pull your eyelids when cleaning them, as this will loosen up the skin again.

It is very common to get some bruising following the operation that settles within a couple of weeks. Your eyelid may feel uncomfortable and tight following the operation but this usually settles with time. Discomfort over the outside edge of your eyelid may happen with some types of procedures.  This will settle within a couple of months.

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