eyelid-retractionThe eyelids are a common place where people experience problems. One of the most frequently diagnosed disorders of the eyelids is retraction. Retraction is a condition in which there is abnormal elevation of the upper eyelids and abnormal lowering of the eyelids. This creates scleral show, where the whites of the eyes are visible under or above the irises. It can also give an exaggeratedly round look to the eyes and create an intense, “staring” expression.

The most common causes of retraction include:

  • Scarring of the eyelid
  • Eyelid inflammation
  • Eyelid trauma
  • Thyroid eye disease
  • Midbrain disease

The primary health dangers of retraction are overexposure of the eye, redness, irritation, and tearing. If you are suffering from retraction, don’t hesitate to call the skilled eyelid surgeons at the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence. You will be treated at our newly renovated, state-of-the art facility. Call us today at (888) 374-0367 to set up a consultation.

How to Treat Eyelid Retraction

The first thing you’ll need to do to treat retraction is make sure your eyes stay protected from drying out. This is achieved through frequent lubrication of the eyes using methods such as drops, ointments, and bandage contact lenses. Next, your doctor will decide which surgical technique is right to release the tissue that is pulling your eyelids back. The surgery itself is typically performed through a posterior – or hidden – eyelid approach. Your doctor will often perform a lower eyelid tightening at the same time. A graft or cheek lift may also be necessary.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How will eyelid retraction surgery help me? 

A: Eyelid retraction surgery will provide your eyes with increased protection from dryness, irritation, and overexposure by allowing them to function normally again. In addition, the appearance of the eyes will by improved as the surgery eliminates the round or bulging look that accompanies retraction.

Q: What is overexposure of the eye and how could it affect me?

A: Overexposure occurs when too much light gets into the eye. This problem may result from conditions such as retraction because the patient cannot close the eye normally. With retraction, the eyes are vulnerable to UV rays from the sun. Studies have shown that too much UV light can cause cataracts, macular degeneration, and even tumors. The eyes can also become sunburnt – a condition called photokeratitis or snow blindness. Lighter color eyes are at greater risk for this than darker eyes, but everyone should be cautious to avoid overexposure.

Q: Is it possible to experience retraction in only one eye at a time?

A: Yes, it is possible to experience retraction in only one eye. Whenever the pressure around the eye increases, and scarring of the eyelid occurs, there is potential for retraction. It may happen in only one eye at a time, but more typically it happens in both.

Q: Is eyelid retraction surgery safe?

A: Yes, eyelid retraction surgery is a safe, effective, and common surgery. It also reduces your risk of suffering further harm to the eye by cutting back on the potential for overexposure and putting your eyelids back in the proper position to moisten and protect the eye.

Q: How long does it take to recover from eyelid retraction surgery? 

A: In most cases, patients are ready to return to work within 10 days, while a full recovery can take up to 6 months depending on the individual.

Schedule a Consultation with an Eyelid Surgeon

When it comes to the health of your eyes, it is essential to stay proactive and work with experienced and highly skilled doctors. If you are searching for an oculoplastic surgeon in Los Angeles, don’t hesitate to contact our specialized, renowned team at the Eyelid Surgery Center of Excellence. Call us today at (888) 384-0981 to schedule a consultation. You can also fill out our online form.

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