With loss of elastic tissue and stretching over 70 or more years, looseness of the lower eyelid leads to turning outwards, or inwards, from the surface of the eye. A lid that turns outwards becomes red and inflamed, cannot wet your eye correctly, nor drain tears (which are continually made). These lead to watering eyes, red eyelids and other problems. In-turned lids result in lashes touching your eyeball causing pain and damage. A very effective solution is available to correct your eyelid position, involving a 30 minute operation that can be performed at Fendalton Eye Clinic under local anaesthetic.
With correctly positioned eyelids, a common cause of this problem is a blockage of the nasolacrimal duct, running from your eyelids to the nose.