Eyelid retraction is present when the lids don’t close tight enough, exposing the sclera (the white part of the eye). People affected by it look frightened or wide-eyed.
The most frequent causes are thyroid eye disease or Basedow Graves disease, traumas, eye cancer or previous blepharoplasties.
The eyelid retraction may have serious esthethic and functional consequences: an abnormal wide-eye gaze which seems ‘scared’ and an tear film insufficiency, which determines tearing (epiphora) and dry eye (eye dryness) which may lead to severe corneal discomfort and decompensation.
Local medication with drops, eye creams or therapeutic contact lenses aim at reducing the irritation due to incomplete eyelid closure or reduced blinking.
Therapeutic options are divided in surgical and non-surgical therapies.
Each patient will be directed towards the most appropriate and latest surgical treatments according to the latest guidelines set by international surgical associations
The treatment options will be considered with the patient during the initial meeting, during which the patient’s expectations and the expected results will be discussed. The scars, in case a surgery is necessary, are almost invisible because the incisions follow the natural facial folds, the aesthetic results are natural.
The treatment allows a tighter eyelid closing. The patient gets functional and aesthetic benefits from the operation: the lids close better, with a minor possibility of getting hurt and developing corneal ulcers. The eyes will have a more relaxed look and the gaze is less wide and unnatural
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