Ectropion or outward turning or sagging of the eyelid edge

Ectropion is a condition in which the edge of the lower eyelid turns outwards. This in contrast to entropion in which the edge of the eyelid folds inwards.

Our experienced and highly specialised consultants-surgeons treat ectropion with state-of-the art equipment.

  • Safe routine procedure
  • Short procedure
  • Speedy recovery
  • Small, invisible scar

Ectropion causes

Ectropion tends to be an age-related condition but can also be caused by a neurological disorder or scar retraction. Ectropion can be treated by means of a surgical procedure.

The main complaints associated with ectropion are a burning sensation in the eyes and excessive tearing.

Though ectropion tends to be a genetic condition, it can also be age-related or caused by scar tissue, a neurological disorder or a mechanical defect.

Ectropion is also associated with newborns suffering from Harlequin ichthyosis

Treatment Ectropion

  • Beforehand

    Preoperative screening

    • Preoperative screening is available at our surgeries in Brussels or Dilbeek, or in our eye clinic.

  • Day of treatment


    less than 1 hour in total

    • Any anticoagulant therapy must be discontinued 7 days prior to your surgery.

      On the day of the procedure, it would be best not to drive. So bring someone along to take you home again! We also strongly advise against using public transport.

    • Before the procedure

      The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic, with or without a mild sedative.

    • Procedure

      15 min

      Using a precisely drawn template, first a layer of skin is removed. The ensuing scar is next to invisible.

      The tarsus of the lower eyelid is reinforced and attached to the temporal canthus.

  • Immediately after your surgery

    After your surgery

    • After the procedure we would advise you to observe the following guidelines:

      Do not bend your head down (e.g. to tie shoe laces) or do not lie in a completely horizontal position. Sleep on your back with your head resting on two pillows.

      Avoid stress and try to remain calm. It is essential that your blood pressure remains low.

      Feel free to read or watch television.

      Aftercare consists of anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers in combination with gentle cooling (don’t put ice or a cold pack directly onto the eye but wrap into a thick piece of fabric first or use a clean facecloth dampened with cold water).

    • 1st week after surgery

      Eye drop (artificial tears) and an ointment (Tobramycin) will need to be applied to the scar for 1 week.

    • Removal of the stitches

      1 week after the surgery

      The stitches will be removed within1 week of your surgery

Ectropion: complications

The chances of complications after ectropion surgery are small. Prior to the procedure, our surgeons will discuss the risks and aftercare with you in detail.

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Personal advice from our experts

Our highly specialised surgeons thoroughly examine your eyes and make a detailed diagnosis. They discuss all the options with you in all objectivity.

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Multidisciplinary team of experienced topsurgeons

All the knowledge in-house for a wide range of eye treatments. Meet the team

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Personalised eye care

Each eye has its own unique profile, just like your fingerprints. This is why we apply the ultra-personalised topo-guided technique.

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High-tech equipment

We continuously invest in the latest, most reliable technology. We have the most comprehensive and modern technological platform for laser eye treatment and lens surgery.

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A comfortable and pleasant setting

Our laser centre combines experts in their field with a warm welcome in a stylish setting so that you get to have your treatment in all peace and comfort.



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