Understanding ectropion and learning about treatment options

The team of Southside Eye Care in the area of Chesapeake, VA believe in providing patients with solutions for common eye concerns. Our team sees patients with many different conditions, including ectropion, which can cause one or more of the eyelids to turn outward. Not only is this cosmetically concerning for patients, but it can also result in excess irritation due to the exposed area of the eye.

Understanding ectropion

Ectropion often impacts the lower eyelid and is commonly seen in the elderly. Ectropion can impact just one part of the eyelid or the entire length, where the lid is turned outward and may sag away from the surface of the eye. In addition to impacting appearance, it can also leave the eye exposed and easily irritated and sensitive.

What are symptoms of ectropion?

In addition to the physical appearance of ectropion, which can be extremely noticeable to others, patients may have early signs of problems occurring. These signs may include:

  • Excessive tearing
  • Poor tear drainage
  • Excessive dryness
  • Itchy, irritated eyes
  • Burning sensation in the eye
  • Redness in eyelids and on the whites of the eye
  • Light sensitivity

When any of these conditions occur, it may be time to visit a doctor to get a proper evaluation performed. The earlier this condition is caught, the easier it is for a professional to provide a solution. Patients should also visit their eye doctor if they notice decreased vision, dramatic light sensitivity, and increased redness in the eye that progresses rapidly.

What can cause ectropion?

The most common causes of ectropion include:

  • Weak muscles of the eyes
  • Facial paralysis
  • Eyelid growths
  • Genetic disorders
  • Scarring
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
  • Aging

How do I know if I have ectropion?

The best way to seek treatment is to start with a proper diagnosis. The team at Southside Eye Care can evaluate a patient to determine if this condition is present and discuss the best treatment options and next steps for the individual.

Schedule a visit with Southside Eye Care in Chesapeake, VA

Patients in the area who are concerned that they may have ectropion or other eye concerns are encouraged to take the time to connect with the team at Southside Eye Care to obtain a proper diagnosis. Connect with Drs. Michael Keverline and Theodore Hallberg to discuss treatment at (757) 484-0101.


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