The treatment of the ectropion usually requires a day-case operation, typically taking 30-45 minutes under local anaesthetic. It is a very effective procedure, giving relief of symptoms with an excellent cosmetic outcome.
Surgery involves tightening of the lower lid, which can be achieved in different ways depending upon the severity of the ectropion and whether the whole or part of the eyelid is affected. Patients whose ectropion is caused by shortening of the skin of the eyelids may need a skin graft.
Following surgery, the eye is usually padded for at least a day to reduce swelling, and antibiotic drops or an ointment are prescribed. Stitches are removed 1-2 weeks later.