What is it?
It is a surgical procedure consisting of reconstructing the inner part of the eyelid (cul-de-sac). It must have a minimum depth in order to enable the following:
- Sufficient movement of the eyeball
- Sufficient closure of the eyelids
- In patients with anophthalmic cavity, correct continence and sufficient ocular prosthesis
In which cases is it carried out?
- A full ophthalmological examination and eyelid and periocular examination
- Photos are taken to assess the patient’s condition before and after treatment
During the surgical operation
- This treatment is carried out in the operating theatre of the out-patient’s unit
- Tissue is normally extracted from the patient’s oral mucous membrane or palate to construct the cul-de-sac
After the operation
- The surgeon occludes the patient’s eye for 24 hours and the patient must also take antibiotics and anti-inflammatory drugs
- Ice must be applied to the treated area during the first few weeks
- It is also important to have enough rest for the first few days and avoid picking up heavy objects and taking exercise
- If oral tissue has been extracted, it is recommended that the patient has a soft diet for a few days