It’s not unusual for patients to develop eye dryness following blepharoplasty surgery. In most cases, this problem resolves in 2 to 3 weeks, but in rare cases may persist for longer periods of time. In some cases, eye dryness may even be permanent.
A variety of factors can contribte to eye dryness. These include skin tightness, muscle weakness, ectropian formation and damage to the lacrimal gland. It’s important to address these problems as soon as possible to avoid inflammation and damage to the cornea.
The vast majority of patients respond to conservative management. This typically involves the use of drops and lubricants. In some cases, it may be necessary to use lacrimal duct plugs.
If dry eyes develop following blepharoplasty, it’s important to maintain close contact with your plastic surgeon.