Dry Eye after Eyelid Surgery

By Dr. William Cohen on March 27, 2019

Headshot of female face with eyes closedFor many individuals, the signs of aging are first noticeable in the area surrounding the eyes. Sagging upper eyelids and puffy bags below the eyes can be treated with blepharoplasty.

Dr. William Cohen can help you achieve a youthful, rested appearance by performing eyelid surgery at our Orange County, CA practice. One potential side effect of this surgery is dry eye. Here, we discuss dry eye after eyelid surgery, including how it can be treated and how long it typically lasts.

What Causes Dry Eye after Eyelid Surgery?

Dry eye results from a lack of adequate tears to properly lubricate and nourish the eyes. Because eyelid surgery involves the adjustment of the skin and fat of the eyelid, there is the chance that the cosmetic surgery can temporarily interfere with normal lubricating function.

In addition, immediately after eyelid surgery, the eyes may not completely close. This problem tends to recede with time as swelling subsides. However, it can contribute to a dry feeling in the eyes.

Tips to Prevent Dry Eye after Surgery

Dr. Cohen will examine your eyes and medical history to determine if you are at high risk for developing dry eye after surgery. Preventing dry eye is always preferable to treating it.

Advanced age, certain medications, certain medical conditions (diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome, thyroid disorders), tear gland damage, and recent laser eye surgery may postpone your eyelid surgery or lead Dr. Cohen to recommend an alternative treatment.

Dry or watery eyes are common after eyelid surgery. Dr. Cohen may recommend temporary treatments, such as eye drops, to reduce your symptoms. Remember to follow your recovery plan closely and refrain from rubbing your eyes during the first week after surgery.

Other tips include:

  • Rest often after surgery
  • Refrain from screen time (TVs, smartphones, etc.)
  • Purchase or borrow a humidifier
  • Stop smoking
  • Take frequent breaks from tasks that require your eyes to focus

The best way to ensure that you do not experience chronic dry eye after surgery is to work with a skilled physician. Dr. Cohen is a fully-accredited and board-certified surgeon who has been named one of America’s Top Physicians.

Treatments for Dry Eye

If you do develop dry eye after surgery, an eye doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatments.

  • Artificial tears
  • Prescription eye drops
  • Punctal plugs
  • Meibomian gland expression
  • Ointments
  • Gels
  • Cold gel packs
  • Nutritional and behavioral changes
  • Cessation of contacts use

Contact Us Today

Most symptoms of dry eye will naturally resolve over time after eyelid surgery. However, any surgery comes with a level of risk. Dr. Cohen advises all patients to understand the potential side effects of treatments.

If you do undergo eyelid surgery with Dr. Cohen, you’ll be in good hands. Our team emphasizes a holistic approach to patient care. To learn more about the benefits of eyelid surgery, contact our office online or call (714) 628-1313.

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