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Ectropion & Entropion

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.


Be Eye Wise and understand that caring for your eyelids will go a long way in caring for your eyesight. Entropion is a condition where the lower eyelid is turned inwards.

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Symptoms of entropion can be:

  • Chronic redness
  • Irritation or ocular pain
  • Tearing
  • Foreign body sensation
  • Loss of vision.

Causes of entropion can be:

  • Age (lower eyelid laxity)
  • Ocular Surface Scarring

Treating entropion:

Treatment for entropion usually involves same-day surgery using light sedation and local anesthesia. The surgical approach depends on the cause of the entropion and may involve more complex procedures.

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


Serving Our Community

With six locations throughout the Twin Cities metro area, Northwest Eye is among the largest eye care providers in the Midwest. Be Eye Wise and schedule a general eye exam or a specific service consultation today. We have optical  at the following offices:  Golden Valley, Minnetonka, Maple Grove, St. Anthony, and Wayzata, MN.

8501 Golden Valley Rd.,
Suite 100 & 200
Golden Valley, MN 55427
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12501 Whitewater Drive, Suite 110
Minnetonka, MN 55343
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12000 Elm Creek Blvd N., Suite 100
Maple Grove, MN 55369
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2601 39th Ave NE., Suite 1
St. Anthony, MN 55421
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250 Central Ave N., Suites 105 & 107, Optical Suite 106
Wayzata, MN 55391
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7125 Tamarack Rd, Suite 150,
Woodbury, MN 55125
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11091 Ulysses St NE., Suite 400
Blaine, MN 55434
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9801 Dupont Ave S., Suite 100
Bloomington, MN 55431
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10709 Wayzata Blvd., Suites 100 & 120
Minnetonka, MN 55305
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