Dry eyes are a common complication of blepharoplasty. They may develop due to changes in blinking or tear production.
Blepharoplasty is a cosmetic procedure in which a surgeon removes excess skin — and sometimes pieces of fat and muscle — from your eyelids. It’s also called an eyelid lift.
Dry eyes are common in the general population and are one of the most common complications of blepharoplasty. According to a 2020 research review, studies have reported dry eyes in up to
Blepharoplasty may lead to eye dryness as a result of:
- changes in tear composition
- changes in your ability to blink due to swelling
- inadequate tear coverage over the surface of your eyes
Let’s take a deeper look at the connection between blepharoplasty and dry eyes.
Dry eyes are one of the most common complications of blepharoplasty. Some studies have reported dry eyes occurring in
In the case of blepharoplasty, swelling can change the positions of your eyelids, which may affect the distribution of tears.
Along with removing excess skin, traditional blepharoplasty involves removing part of the orbicularis oculi muscle. This muscle helps you close your eye.
Removing part of this muscle
- incomplete eye coverage when you blink
- a decreased blinking rate
- an incomplete blinking reflex
Undergoing blepharoplasty is known to make preexisting dryness worse.
Undergoing upper and lower eyelid blepharoplasties at the same time seems to
If you have preexisting eye dryness, it’s a good idea to speak with a doctor before your surgery. Doctors often
Every surgery comes with some risk of complications. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, potential complications of blepharoplasty include:
You may be able to prevent and treat
- limiting swelling by elevating your head and applying a cold compress
- preventing infection with antibiotic eye drops
- reducing inflammation with steroid drops
artificial tearsthroughout the day and at night as needed
In rare cases, your doctor may need to perform a second surgery to reposition your eyelid.
It’s a good idea to contact your surgeon if your dry eye symptoms persist for more than
- you develop severe pain or other side effects
- you’re unhappy with the results
- you have any other concerning symptoms
most fearedcomplication of a blepharoplasty is retrobulbar hematoma, in which blood is trapped behind your eyeball. Go to the nearest emergency room if you have:
- severe eye pain
- bulging of your eye
- vision changes
Here are some frequently asked questions people have about blepharoplasty and dry eyes.
Why are my eyes so dry after surgery?
Swelling can cause changes in your ability to blink, which can lead to insufficient tear coverage of the surface of your eye. Removal of part of the muscle around your eye may lead to incomplete eye coverage when you blink.
How long do dry eyes last after blepharoplasty?
Dry eye symptoms should go away within days to weeks after the procedure. Research suggests that in almost everyone who has this surgery, symptoms resolve within
Can I use dry eye drops after blepharoplasty?
Eye drops can help keep your eyes moist and prevent dryness. Your doctor will likely prescribe eye drops after your procedure to help reduce your risk of infection and minimize irritation.
Can eyelid surgery help dry eye?
Eyelid surgery may make dry eyes worse. If you’re already prone to dry eyes, it’s a good idea to talk with your surgeon about whether you’re a good candidate for this procedure before undergoing it.
Dry eye symptoms almost always go away within 8 weeks of surgery.
It’s a good idea to speak with your surgeon before your procedure about whether you are a good candidate. They can check the moisture level of your eyes and let you know whether you may have an increased risk of complications.