Eyelid retraction occurs when the eyelids are pulled away from the eye, exposing the white part of the eyeball. Cases can range in severity, with mild cases causing an irritating gritty feeling in the eye to more severe cases that interfere with the eyelid’s ability to close properly. This makes it difficult to blink and can lead to dry spots on
the cornea. If left untreated, patients could experience eye infections, corneal scarring, and vision loss. One of the most common causes of eyelid retraction is thyroid eye disease but natural aging, injury, or a previous eyelid lift (blepharoplasty) can also cause lid retraction.
If your eyes have a bulging look and/or you suffer from constant irritation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation to determine whether eyelid retraction is the cause of your symptoms. Dr. Ghafouri can diagnose retraction by measuring the distance from the upper eyelid margin (edge of the eyelid) to the center of the cornea where light is reflected.
The ideal candidates for eyelid retraction repair will be in overall good health without underlying medical conditions or additional eye diseases. If you are determined to be a candidate, eyelid retraction repair can resolve the following concerns:
- Upper eyelid retraction
- Lower eyelid retraction
- Inability to blink
- Blurry vision
Eyelid retraction is often treated with canthoplasty or canthopexy, two different techniques to tighten the lower eyelid muscles and suspensory ligaments at the corners of the eyes. When the eyelid muscles are tightened, they cannot contract and pull back the eyelid. If the upper lid is afflicted, the levator muscle in the upper eyelid can also be tightened so that it properly contracts and does not pull the lid too far back. Each of these surgical options can be performed under twilight anesthesia and only requires a few tiny incisions to expose the underlying muscle and ligaments.
Mild swelling and bruising are common symptoms after any eyelid surgery, but they should improve within the first week of recovery. Keep your head elevated, take pain medication as needed, and use lubricating eye drops to ease your discomfort and minimize swelling. Strenuous exercise and use of contacts should be avoided for about two weeks but patients often return to work within 3-5 days.
Dr. Ghafouri MD, FACS, is a board-certified ophthalmologist with specialized training in oculoplastic and orbital surgery. His exclusive specialization in cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid and facial surgery sets him apart from other plastic surgeons who practice a larger range of facial and body surgeries. The eyes are a complex and dynamic structure that requires the trained eye of an eyelid surgeon like Dr. Ghafouri to achieve the best possible results. He has performed over 12,000 aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries, each with a personalized approach and commitment to exceptional results.Learn More
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