Permanent dry eyes possible from Lagophthalmos?
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Dry Eyes after Eyelid Surgery
Dry eye after ptosis surgery
Chase Lay, MD
Eyelid surgery specialist
Asian eyelid surgery specialist
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon
Dry eyes from eyelid surgery
Inability to completely close your eyes (lagophthalmos) is common after ptosis correction. Most people will not have significant problems with this, however there are some patients who's eyes don't roll back when the eyes are closed. This can cause dryness and can lead to significant problems. In these patients often the ptosis surgery needs to be "reversed".
It is very important to keep your eyes moist when you sleep. You may want to try lacrilube ointment in the eye before you go to sleep and frequent eye drops during the day.
I recommend you be evaluated by your surgeon, or another board certified plastic surgeon / oculoplastic surgeon in your area for an in person evaluation.