Eyelid retraction can affect the upper or the lower eyelid. Eyelid retraction occurs when the eyelid is pulled away from the eyeball, either too far up in the case of the upper eyelid or too far down in the case of the lower eyelid. Common causes of eyelid retraction include thyroid eye disease, trauma, or previous surgery to the eyelids.

Repair of the eyelid retraction depends on the cause and the degree of severity. Releasing the eyelid itself may correct the problem or sometimes placement of grafts into the eyelid may be necessary. The specific treatment is determined after a detailed consultation with Dr. Howard.

After the Surgery

Following the procedure, patients are observed for a short while before they are allowed to go home. The first two days following surgery should be spent relaxing with the head elevated and applying ice packs (we suggest frozen peas if you do not have an ice pack). You will apply ice to the area(s) 30 minutes on and 30minutes off for the first 48 hours during awake hours and then 4 times a day until your recheck appointment 1 week later. This will help keep swelling to a minimum.

Some patients may experience some bruising, swelling, and mild pain following the procedure.

Initially, the eyelids may feel tight. This usually resolves over the first few weeks. All patients are given prescriptions for pain killers. However, rarely do patients report the need to use them. On average, by one week after surgery, approximately 70-80% of the swelling will have dissipated and after two weeks, close to 90% of the swelling will have dissipated. The remaining 10% will decrease over the next few weeks to perhaps a month.

You will be seen by Dr. Howard and/or Malissa Sandhu, PA-C 1-2 weeks following your procedure to ensure you are healing properly.

This procedure enables patients to see more of their visual field while providing a more youthful and rested appearance.

These procedures are often covered by insurance.