Red, Dry Eyes After Blepharoplasty procedure and CO2 Laser

I had a transconjunctival Blepharoplasty procedure on lower lids combined with CO2 laser 15 days ago. Both lower eyelids appear to be standing away and downward from the eyeballs, and there is a dry, uncomfortable sensation. In addition, my eyes are consistently red. Is this an example of retraction, or is it too early to tell?

Lower Bleph problems

Thanks for your question - Your description could represent a significant problem. The issue is corneal exposure. If you can't protect your cornea you could have significant issues with corneal abrasion that could even affect your eyesight. The cause of this could be lower lid retraction or it could be that you had some lower lid laxity that is now exacerbated. These issues may get better without intervention but it is critical that steps be taken to protect your eyes while things are healing. In addition, if this is a persistent problem you may need a temporary procedure to give additional support to your lower lid or a canthopexy (a permanent procedure to tighten the lower lid). In any case you should talk to your surgeon about these issues as soon as possible. I hope this helps.

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