I was reading an eyelid surgery review on realself today where somebody kept talking about having chemosis. What is that
What is Chemosis?
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Chemosis and Eyelid surgery
Chemosis: fluid edema in the whites of the eye after surgery
Chemosis is known as fluid edema present in the white part of the eye after a blepharoplasty surgery. It can be slightly irritating. It is treated with time, cortisone and antibiotic eye drops, and will resolve as long as patients are able to completely close their eyes. It is fairly common to occur after a lower blepharoplasty procedure.
Chemosis After Blepharoplasty
Chemosis is the swelling of the white part of your eyeball that surrounds the pupil (dark part in the center). It usually happens to a mild degree after lower eyelid surgery and resolves within a few weeks. It can however last for months in some cases. In my opinion it is related to the extensive dissection and trauma of surgery. A find technique with minimal dissection can minimize the chances of chemosis.
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Chemosis can follow blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery
Swelling of the eye itself occurs following Blepharoplasty. In some cases the swelling leads to irritation of the sclera and or conjunctiva of the eye. This swelling can create more dryness or irritation of the eye and more swelling. It can takes weeks to resolve and often will require lubricants, steroids, patching and occasionally a small procedure.
Chemosis afer eyelid surgery
Chemosis is a condition where the white of the eye has become irritated and inflamed and appears as a bubble or moist blister. This can result after a lower lid rejuvenation if swelling or tightness in the lid after surgery causes the lid to pull away from the eye, or a response to sutures used, The best prevention is moisture and soaks as the lower lid heals, drops to prevent dryness, and ointment at night to keep the eye moist. Chemosis is not seen very often after lid surgery, though knowing about it ahead, and how to treat it can be reassuring.
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Chemosis is swelling localized to the white of the eye
Chemosis refers to swelling of the conjunctiva which is the covering that lines the eyelid and drapes over the front of the eye. The conjunctiva that we see is clear and the tissues underneath it are white. There can be a number of reasons that the conjunctiva swells so chemosis does not tell one anything about the cause of the swelling. However, following surgery, the eyelids swell and yes the conjunctiva can and does also swell.
Normally after surgery, the swelling of the conjunctiva (chemosis) is minimal. However, in some individuals the chemosis can be much more of a significant issue. This includes following lateral canthal procedures, and procedures in individuals with dry eye after surgery. Typically time and ocular lubrication with artificial tears and ointment are the appropriate treatment.
It is swelling and or inflammatory exudate below the sclera of the eye. It may resolve spotaneously, with topical steroids, or a small procedure. It happens occasionally.
Chemosis is inflammation of the white of the eye
Chemosis is related to an irritaion of the surface of the white of the eye. It can occur initially after eyelid surgery. It can be due to dryness of the eyes or irritation that can happen after surgery. It makes it look like there is liquid or mucous along the white of the eye. It can take a few weeks time to completely go away. Sometimes a vicous cycle can start where the swelling of the eye prevents the eyelids from closing well which leads to dryness of the eye and more chimosis and on and on. Usually it is treated with lots of eyedrops or ointment both during the day and at night. It is treatable and always goes away with time and treatment.
Chemosis can occur after lower eyelid surgery
Chemosis is generally a temporary condition of prolonged edema or swelling of the lower eye after lower blepharoplasty or lower eyelid surgery. Typically, the conjunctiva or white part of the eye swells and looks blistery and red much like pink eye. The condition usually resolves in two to four weeks and is often treated with steroids and steroid eye drops. I hope this information helps.
Chemosis after Blepharoplasty
Chemosis is swelling in the conjunctiva (the lining over the white part of the eye). This occurs from any irritation of the eye lining, but most frequently occurs after lower blepharoplasty to some extent in about 20% of patients. It frequently resolves on its own, but occasionally has to be treated, usually with some steroid drops. It does not hurt or cause any other problem other than, perhaps, increasing the feeling of dry eye.
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