12 Days Post Eyelid Surgery: Left Eyelid Feels Like It's Scratching Eyeball - Is This Normal?

Post-op, my left side had more swelling and bruising than the right. The vision in my left eye is a little blurry, and it's still a little dry. My right eye is also dry, but no blurry vision. I still have swelling in both eyes. My concern is that my left eyelid feels like it's scratching my eyeball, especially when my eye is closed. It also burns a little in the same areas where I feel the scratching, but it is not bloodshot. It's only my left eye that is experiencing problems.

Doctor Answers 12

Contact your surgeon if extreme irritation occurs

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If you experience blurry vision, dryness, and/or discomfort of the eyeball after an eyelid surgery, you should seek medical attention. It is not uncommon for your eyes to be dry soon after blepharoplasty, eyedrops and ointment may alleviate discomfort in the short term, but symptoms that persist for more than 6weeks should be assessed. Twelve days after surgery is relatively soon and the use of lubricant drops will usually be sufficient, for some patients the use of a thicker eye ointment at night will help reduce dryness and discomfort that can occur during sleep.

Irritation after Eyelid Surgery

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Contact your surgeon, as soon as possible.

Have your eye examined to be sure that you are not having irritation of the cornea.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

Have this checked out

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I agree with the other doctor recommendations here: this is something that your surgeon should check out as soon as possible. It sounds like your cornea is irritated and your eyelids may also not be closing properly, causing the dryness you’re describing.

Scratchy eye ball feeling 12 days after Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery can be Corneal Abrasion or Dry Eye

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Corneal Abrasion after Blepharoplasty is usually caused by the Corneal Shields-protective covers placed on the eye during surgery to prevent eye injury. Corneal Abrasion causes pain and a foreign body sensation-like a "stick in the eye" and is very uncomfortable. Corneal Abrasion symptoms occur immediately after Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery, so this is unlikely in your case.

Scratchy feeling 12 days after Blepharoplasty Eyelid Surgery is most likely due to Dry Eye. After Blepharoplasty the eyelids usually do not close properly and especially at night when you are sleeping the Cornea-the part of the eyeball covering the iris-the colored part of the eye-drys out during the night. This is why most doctors require that you use a lubricant such as Lacrilube to place on the eyeball before sleep at night to prevent drying of the eye while you sleep.

Dry eye can be a very serious problem and you need to see your doctor. He/she will likely do a Flourescein Dye examination to check to see if your Cornea is healthy or whether there is a Corneal Abrasion or Corneal Ulcer caused by dryness. If so the eye may need to be patched and treated with medication until lid closure improves.

Scratchy sensation after eyelid surgery

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The scratchy sensation, afte your eyelid surgery, could be a corneal irritation from dry eye.  You should contact yopur surgeon for evaluation and recommended treatment with lubricating drops and/or ointment.  If the problem persists or worsens ask your surgeon for a referral to an opthalmologist.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 28 reviews

Scratchy sensation 12 days after eyelid surgery

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A "scratchy" sensation is after a blepharoplasty should be inspected by the surgeon or an opthalmologist.  It may a normal finding but could indicate dryness or a corneal abrasion.  Typically artificial tears as well as eye lubricant can help improve symptoms.  It is very important to note if there is complete eyelid closure as this can result in the need for repair of the procedure.

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 181 reviews

Itching eyeball after eyelid surgery

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After any eyelid surgery, it is very important to keep your eyes moist.  You can use over the counter eyedrops or ointment or special preparations from your surgeon.  In most cases, you will just need these medications for a few days to week to ensure that your eye is kept moist.  Very rarely, your eye can have a very superficial scratch on it which may feel like an itch or may even be uncomfortable.  In these cases, you may need a special antibiotic ointment to help the area heal.  If you have any concerns about your healing or especially your vision, you should talk to or see your surgeon right away.


Good Luck.

Scratching feeling after blepharoplasty

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The problem is most likely dry eyes, and using artificial tears and lubricating ointment should help. However, a corneal abrasion is also a possibility, and you should have an evaluation by an ophthalmologist.

Maurice M. Khosh, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

Eye scratching feeling

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It sound slike you may have a corneal abrasion. You should contact your surgeon and be evaluated.  It could be a combination of swelling and eyes not completely closing.

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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Pain and discomfort after eyelid surgery

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There is a small risk of damage to cornea from dryness. I would recommend starting on artificial tears until the dryness and scratching sensation pass off, for both eyes. You should also see an Ophthalmologist if it does not settle quickly.

Anindya Lahiri, FRCS (Plast)
Birmingham Plastic Surgeon

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