In ectropion, your tears can’t drain properly. Normally, tears are spread evenly across the surface of your eyes, moistening and lubricating the surface. This film of tears continuously drains from the surface of your eye down into the lids and into very small openings called puncta (say PUNK-ta.)
If tears are not draining properly, it’s not surprising that symptoms include watery eyes, resulting from the pooling of tears. Other symptoms may include dryness; with your eyes feeling gritty, sandy and scratchy. The buildup of stagnant tears can also irritate your eyes, causing a burning sensation and redness, it may also increase your sensitivity to light.