Should chemosis be treated as soon as determined, or should I wait the four weeks before my surgeon wants to see me again?
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Swelling after eyelid surgery
Thank you for the question on your eye swelling.
- As you mentioned chemosis is fluid in between the cells of the white part of your eye that takes on some color that is just like bruising.
- The priority is to keep the eye lubricated and moist just as your surgeon has told you.
- Occasionally medicated ointments may be given to help with the process (steroid with or without an antibiotic)
- Consider returning to your surgeon with your concerns or simply see your ophthalmologist/ optometrist to get a "clean bill of health for your eye"
This requires active management.
Chemises is a type of swelling associated with the eyelid surgery. Dry eye also makes this worse and persistent. Management is usually the use of artificial tears and ointment. You surgeon may have no training in ophthalmology meaning that they lack even the basic equipment to examine the health of the eye surface. Your general ophthalmologist can help here. Without the active management, the chemises will take longer to resolve. In addition, you are describing a left lower eyelid malposition after surgery which is called ectropion. Sometime with patience these to resolve but it may also need surgical management. Please ask your surgeon for help. If they can't help you directly, ask for a referral to an oculofacial surgeon.
hi greetings from the Uk! No chemosis is a normal response and just represents normally postoperative healing oedema collecting under the conjunctiva. Your eye may feel a bit gritty though as a result so it often feels more comfortable with some ocular lubricants. Rest assured it'll settle in time. Best Wishes
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