What is ectropion?
Ectropion refers to an out-turning of the eyelid margin. Like entropion, this often involves the lower eyelid and is also most commonly associated with age-related laxity. It may also be due to paralysis of the facial muscles or scarring (cicatricial) in the region of the cheek and lower face.
Can it be corrected with surgery?
Yes, ectropion can be corrected with surgery. Success rates are high in age-related cases. In paralytic cases, ectropion repair surgery is usually combined with other measures to combat the eye exposure problem that results from failure to close the eye completely. Surgery to correct cicatricial ectropion is more complex and may require skin grafting.