Can't Close Eyes and Blurred Vision After Upper Eyelid Surgery

I can't close my eyes after 9 moons when sleeping and have some blurred vision that i never had before surgery.

Doctor Answers 5

Post blepharoplasty eye problems

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Not being able to close your eyes is not a good thing it can lead to chemosis or eye irritation which may lead to blurry vision.  You should definitely have this checked our by a doctor.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Consult with your surgeon

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By now you should have resolved all of the problems, I agree with the previous comments, you should obtain an ophthalmologist consultation for the dry eyes, in the mean time you should use natural tears drops during the day and ointment during the night for protection of your cornea.  You need to talk to your surgeon and you should get a second opinion, a well trained and experienced plastic surgeon should be able to help you, most of the advances in eyelid surgery are and were developed by Plastic surgeons and remember the only board in plastic surgery recognized by the American Board of medical specialties is the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Good luck

Victor M. Perez, MD, FACS
Kansas City Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 31 reviews

Long-term problems after eyelid surgery

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Sorry for your issues. Please see an eye plastic expert in your area for a second opinion. Without photos I really can not guess on your issues what to recommend.

Good luck Dr. b

You may have had too much skin removed from the eyelids

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Nine months should be plenty of time for everything to settle down following eyelid surgery.  Eyelid surgery can certain make a dry eye situation worse.  However, generally things should return to normal after a few months.  I would encourage you to see you surgeon and get their opinion.  If there has been a break down in the relationship, consider seeing your general ophthalmologist with help for dry eye.  The ASOPRS website for the American Society for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at maintains a directory by geographic location that will help you find a highly qualified eyelid plastic surgeon who can help you.

Kenneth D. Steinsapir, MD
Beverly Hills Oculoplastic Surgeon
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Post-blepharoplasty complication

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Depending on the extent of the problem, you sound like you have lagophthalmos or the inability to completely close the eyelid that can be caused by tightness of the eyelid or weakness of the orbicularis muscle. Most people have a protective response where their eyeball rolls up when trying to close the eyelid. This prevents injury to the cornea. But if this does not occur during sleep, your cornea can dry out and cause blurred vision. Please consult with your surgeon or an ophthalmologist.

Robin T.W. Yuan, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon

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