My eyes have always been a little sensitive to sunlight, but since the surgery, it's almost to the point of being a problem; sometime it feels like I can't even keep my eyes open. My doctor says he never heard this complaint before. What could be causing the sensitivity, and will it go away?
3 1/2 Months Post Upper Blepharoplasty, and my Eyes Are Very Sensitive to Light. What's Causing This?
Doctor Answers (6)
Having such marked sensitivity to light this far out from eyelid surgery is highly unusual. Yes, there is likely a component of conjunctivitis sicca or dry eyes that are contributing to the sensitivity but you need a thorough eye exam for corneal abrasion or retinal pathology and in the mean time keep your eyes moist and protected from the sun or bright light.
Most common cause is dry eyes
The most likely cause of your symptom is dry eyes, but you should check back with your surgeon. Often, just simple preservative free artificial tears will help dry eyes, but a full ophthalmologic exam is needed. Good luck.
You may have dry eye
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This is most likely dry eye.
It is likely that your eyelid surgery has damaged your ability to move tears on the cornea surface. The most common cause for this is a weakening of the blink mechanism which occurs when over aggressive eyelid surgery injuries the motor nerves to the obicularis oculi muscle that is responsible for blink the eyes. This can lead to chronic irritation. You should consider being assessed by a cornea specialist or an oculoplastic surgeon.
Sensitive eyes after blepharoplasty
It is possible that you have dry eyes, which is not uncommon after upper blepharoplasty. Consult your surgeon, an ophthalmologist, or an oculoplastic surgeon.
Sensitive to light following upper blepharoplasty
The most common cause for light sensitivity after Blepharoplasty is dry eyes. It sounds like you had this prior to surgery. A trial of artificial tears would probably help. If this does not resolve the problem, you may want to get an opinion from an Ophthalmologist to assess the condition of your eyes.
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