Eyelid retraction surgery

What is it?

Eyelid retraction surgery consists of placing the eyelid in the right position to protect the eyeball and achieve eyelid symmetry.

In which cases is it carried out?

  • Eyelid malposition
  • Tyroid orbitopathy

Exámenes previos

  • A full ophthalmological examination and eyelid and periocular examinatio
  • 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
  • This surgical procedure can be carried out by means of various techniques, depending on each patient’s case, his/her type of eyelid malposition, its degree and location. The most common are the following:
    • The canthoplasty
    • El mid-facelift (see the eyelid malposition leaflet: treatment)
    • Skin graft
    • Blepharotomy
    • Mullerectomy

After the surgical operation

  • The surgeon occludes the patient’s eye for 24 hours (however in some cases this occlusion may be extended to one week) 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

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