Why does my eyelid turn out?

Be Eye Wise and understand that your eyelids are an essential part of maintaining proper eye health. But sometimes your eyelid doesn’t function properly. Ectropion is a condition where the lower eyelid is turned outward.

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Symptoms of ectropion can be:

  • Tearing.
  • Mattering of the lashes.
  • Irritation.
  • Redness of the lower lid.

Causes of ectropion can be:

  • Age (excessively limp lower eyelid muscles)
  • Stroke or Bell’s Palsy (partial or complete paralysis of facial muscles)
  • Scarring (caused by trauma-related scarring or skin diseases with a tightening of the skin)

Treating ectropion:

The exact treatment required will depend on the type of ectropion you are experiencing. Age-related and paralytic ectropion is treated by tightening the lower lid via a surgical procedure. This is performed as a same-day surgery with light sedation and local anesthesia. Sometimes, a cheek lift is needed to recruit extra skin in addition to tightening the lower eyelid.


To learn all you can about ectropion, please schedule an appointment with Northwest Eye eyelid surgeon Dr. Nicholas Schmitt. Because the more you know, the better you see.