In dogs with this condition, the lower eyelid rolls out from the surface of the eye. This exposes the eye to irritants and leads to a high incidence of chronic conjunctivitis and corneal injury. Foreign bodies may get caught in the pocket created by the loose eyelid.
Droopy looking eyelids under the dogs eyeball, however, this droopy eyed look is common in many dogs while entering or exiting sleep.
Ectropion occurs in dogs with loose facial skin such as scenthounds, spaniels, and St Bernards. It is also seen in older dogs whose facial skin has lost its tone. It can occur temporarily in hunting dogs, due to exhaustion after a long day in the field.
Diagnosis is made by physical examination.
Mild ectropion that causes no symptoms needs no treatment. But in most cases, ectropion should be corrected by a surgical procedure that tightens the eyelids.
There is no known prevention for this condition at this time.
Please contact your veterinarian if you have questions regarding this condition.
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Dog Owners Home Veterinary Handbook
Publisher: Wiley Publishing, 2007
Authors: Debra M. Eldredge, Liisa D. Carlson, Delbert G. Carlson, James M. Giffen MD
Publisher: BowTie Press, 2005
Authors: Kristin Meuh-Roe, Jarelle S. Stein