Ectropion is a problem where an eyelid turns outwards. The mucous membrane which is not normally visible, is then exposed. The mucous membrane colours and is chronically irritated. The eye also generally weeps as the punctum of the tear duct is no longer in contact with the eye.
The lower eyelid no longer sticks to the eye. So the inner eyelid is therefore visible which contributes to its irritation and causes weeping.
Ectropion affects old people.
What causes ectropion?
Ectropion develops into constant irritation, weeping and chronic infections.
Ectropion is diagnosed by a clinical examination by an ophthalmologist.
To prevent unfavourable development, rubbing the eye downwards and outwards should be avoided.