I am a 37 year old male. I recently had an eye infection and the doctor pulled my eye lid down for perhaps a good 6-8 seconds to check the infection. Could this cause my lower eyelid skin to sag or stretch? I'm worried. I know the skin there is very delicate.
Can Pulling the Lower Eye Lid Cause Sagging?
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Stretching eyelid skin
The circumstances you describe should not lead to any permanent damage to your lower eyelid skin. It is true that the lower eyelid skin is very delicate, and as we age the eyelid can develop some laxity that could be aggravated be constantly pulling and dragging on the lower eyelid skin. Other factors such as lower eyelid surgery, sun damage, trauma, etc. could also contribute to situations causing lower eyelid laxity, also commonly called "ectropion"; if you have any concerns, you can check with a plastic surgeon or eye professional
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It sounds like you had an eye infection and your doctor performed a simple conjuctival exam to evaluate and treat your infection. You do not describe any problems and that 6-8 second examination would not cause any lower eyelid sagging or strech deformity. I would suggest you focus on resolving the infection and not the unlikely occurrence of lower lid sagging after a medically necessary exam.
What are you going to do.
Just the inflammation from the eye infection could weaken the eyelid. A single examination is unlikely to cause long term eyelid sagging. However, it does not sound like there is much option here. Treatment requires detailed examination.
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