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Bulgy eyes happen either, again, because it's inherited or very commonly because of thyroid eye disease. Thyroids can affect the eyes to make it more bulgy. The treatment is really about the same, and that is orbital decompression. it could be functional or cosmetic orbital decompression. They're really about the same procedure except it depends how much of decompression you do.

So, the way it works is the eyeball sits in the eye socket orbit, and that orbit is shaped like a cone. There are bones in the eye socket that we can trim or remove that we can expand the eye socket, and that allows more room for the eye to go back. It augments the volume so the eye can sink back more, so that the eye is going to be less bulgy appearing and that they can close the eyes better.

Surgery's actually in an outpatient basis. It's under general anesthesia. It takes about an hour and a half. The patient goes home. They can see right away. There's no patches involved. They will have a black eye for about a week or 10 days, but it's actually not painful. They maybe take a couple pain medications that first day, and that's all they would need to.

How Will My Surgeon Repair My Bulgy Eyes?

Dr. Mehryar Taban explains that sometimes bulgy eyes can be genetic or an effect of another condition, but there is definitely a way to fix them.