Dry Eyes And Irritation After Blepharoplasty – Nothing To Worry

Droopy upper eyelids are a matter of concern because it not only makes the person look tired and aged, but also obstruct his vision and so, needs to be rectified at the earliest. So far, upper eyelid surgery is an effective solution for droopy upper eyelid and so, sufferers have got a great relief.

However, after eyelid surgery, the eyes may become dry and irritated due to many reasons. This doesn’t happen in all the cases, but can happen in some. So, what if it happens? Is there a solution? Yes, there is.

Expect Dry Eyes

While expecting beautiful eyes after the surgery as offered by Dr. Naveen Somia at http://www.naveensomia.com.au you can also expect dry eyes and mild irritation following the procedure because it is nothing more than a part of the usual inconveniences of recovery and healing.

Much of this irritation occurs due to swelling from the trauma of surgery and due to temporarily weakened or incomplete closure of the eyelids.

As the orbicularis muscles (the muscle that closes the eyelids) is given an incision and sometimes may be trimmed as a normal part of lower and/or upper eyelid surgery, the muscles takes some time (up to several months) to recover to its full strength.

Till then, blinking is usually not as forceful and crisp as it was prior to surgery. This gives rise to less even spreading of the natural tears of the eye over its surface. There is also an increase in evaporation, leading to symptoms associated to this relative dryness.

Symptoms will be more intense in patients suffering from dry eye even before surgery. Similarly patients may become more sensitive to adverse climatic conditions like dry air, wind, cold air, dust etc. during the initial weeks and months after surgery.

Sometimes There may Even be Watery Eyes

Infrequently, eyes may even become excessively watery instead of becoming dry as a temporary resultant of healing and for the same reasons as mentioned above.

As a response to the increased evaporation of the natural moisturising tear layer, overproduction of a second type of tear (tears that appear when we cry) takes place in some patients in an effort to wash away the irritation.

The second tear is pretty dilute and not effective in particular as a moisturiser, and therefore causes extra aggravation instead of relief.

Solution to Irritation

Dr Naveen Somia offers upper eyelid surgery Sydney and advises that the ultimate solution to dry eyes and irritation in most cases is just to let normal healing progress. As the swelling of eyelids declines and the strength of the orbicularis muscle is regained, the regular dynamics of blinking and tear distribution are established again.

Here are some useful things to do during this period:

  • Give rest to eyes often, particularly during the first few days following surgery
  • Avoid direct sunlight, dirt, wind and other irritants during your recovery period
  • Reduce time spent in front of a computer screen, television or tablet
  • Use lubricating eye drops often all through the day

Artificial Tears

Artificial tears or lubricant is the most commonly used remedy for dry eyes and irritation after eyelid surgery. You can get the product under several brand names over-the-counter. It is basically used by patients with age-associated dry eyes and irritation.

Artificial tears can be used as frequently as is comfortable and don’t interfere with the healing process after blepharoplasty or cause worsening of other eye conditions like glaucoma.

Normally one drop three or four times during a day is enough. Because artificial tears are soon blinked away, using them less frequently than this is typically not effective. Conversely using them more often doesn’t cause a problem.

However, administering more than one drop at a time is a waste of tears since an eye will hold only around one-half a drop.

So, if you experience dry eyes after your eyelid surgery, don’t worry. Understand that it’s a normal part of your recovery process and will become alright soon.