i am four weeks post op from u/l eyelid surgery and have slight lower lid retraction in both eyes (about 1mm) and also very dry eyes. could you explain what massage technique to use and how often? i have also read that taping the lower lid at night may be useful. Could you advise and describe this too thanks.
What to Do About Lower Eyelid Retraction After Blepharoplasty?
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Lower Lid Retraction and Dryness after Upp and Lower Eyelid Surgery
"...four weeks post op from u/l eyelid surgery and have slight lower lid retraction in both eyes (about 1mm) and also very dry eyes" - The most feared complication of eyelid surgery is ulceration of the outer layer of the globe (cornea) as result of exposure and dryness.
To avoid it, we avoid knowingly operating on people with dry eyes and certain autoimmune disorders who are prone to try eyes. During surgery, we make sure the lower lid is positioned in contact withe the globe so when the lids close they act as squeegees and spread the tear film across the eye keeping it moist. Additional moisture is provided with eye drops and id needed by taping the eyelids together at night or even stitched shut for a few days to prevent a swelling/scarring pull inferiorly preventing the lids from touching. Massaging up and sideways is meant to combat scarring pulling the lower lid down and may be effective in the early healing period.
I would advise you to contact YOUR surgeon and have him guide you in the best treatment suited for your needs.
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