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Dealing with Dry Eyes after Eyelid Surgery

By Sheryl Pilcher on September 27, 2016

Woman applying eye dropsThe delicate tissues around the eyes are often the first to show the signs of aging. Some of the most common cosmetic problems that affect the eye area include fine lines, wrinkles, deep creases, loose skin, and a collection of fat deposits that can make the upper or lower lids look heavy. These imperfections not only age a person beyond his or her physical years, but they can also make a person look worn down or angry.

Facial plastic surgery improves the appearance of the skin, including the area around the eyes, to give patients a more refreshed appearance. Specifically, eyelid surgery smooths and tightens the skin around the eyes to restore a youthful, alert appearance. While many patients wish to enhance their appearance with eyelid surgery, they are often concerned about potential side effects, such as dry eyes. Following eyelid surgery, dry eyes may affect our San Antonio, TX patients. However, this is often a short-lived side effect, and Dr. Sheryl Pilcher offers several tips to help patients minimize the effects of this condition.

Does Eyelid Surgery Cause Dry Eyes?

Just like any other surgical procedure, eyelid surgery will result in some side effects for our patients. The most common side effects of eyelid surgery are swelling and bruising. However, there are additional side effects that may occur during eyelid surgery recovery. These side effects have more of a direct impact on the function of the eyes. While not all patients will suffer from dry eyes after eyelid surgery, it is important to understand that it is a possibility.

When dry eyes do develop, it is usually linked to swelling. The inflammation that occurs following eyelid surgery may compromise the function of the tear glands. With inadequate tear production, the eyes lack proper moisture. These effects should be temporary. Once inflammation subsides, the tear glands should resume their normal functions. In the meantime, patients may experience dry, itchy, sensitive eyes. In most cases, the symptoms of dry eyes usually only last for a week or so after surgery.

Minimizing the Discomfort of Dry Eyes

Dry eyes can cause some discomfort and irritation for patients. However, there are steps that can be taken to minimize the effects of dry eyes. The following tips can improve comfort while dealing with dry eyes during eyelid surgery recovery:

  • Rest the eyes often, especially in the first few days after surgery
  • Use lubricating eye drops frequently throughout the day
  • Avoid sunlight, wind, dirt, and other irritants during eyelid surgery recovery
  • Limit the time that is spent in front of a computer screen, tablet, or television

By taking these precautions for the first several days after eyelid surgery, most patients can effectively manage dry eyes and minimize any discomfort from this condition.

Schedule an Appointment

Eyelid surgery is a safe and effective plastic surgery procedure that has successfully restored a more youthful appearance for countless patients. If you’d like to find out if eyelid surgery can help you achieve your aesthetic goals, schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheryl Pilcher at your earliest convenience.

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More Info Directions (210) 654-9900