What To Do If You Have Lagophthalmos
Do you have trouble closing your eyes, including when you blink? If so, you most likely have lagophthalmos. If you are curious about what to do if you have this condition, let us break it down and ease your mind.What Is Lagophthalmos?
While Lagophthalmos' condition is harmless in itself, it can be potentially dangerous for your eyes as it makes them more susceptible to damage. This condition prevents the eyes from being able to close completely.Symptoms
The main symptom of this condition is the inability to close the eyes; however, there are a few other symptoms that can be telltale signs:
- Producing an increased amount of tears
- Having a highly irritated or painful eye when you wake up
- Feeling as if there is something stuck in or rubbing against the eye
Lagophthalmos can occur in patients that have Thyroid eye disease. Thyroid eye disease is an issue with the facial nerve that can cause the inability to blink and close the eye. As you may already know, being able to blink is critical to the health of the eye. Lagophthalmos can lead to severe eye damage, which is why it is so important to get this issue checked out as soon as possible.
Other causes of lagophthalmos include facial nerve damage from a stroke, Bell's palsy, tumors, and autoimmune diseases.Treatments For Lagophthalmos
Depending on the severity of the condition, there are a few treatments that you can consider.
- Upper Eyelid Retraction: Our surgery center can do various procedures for upper eyelid retraction, which includes skin grafts, scar bands, and lid shortening.
- Lower Eyelid Tightening: Having a lower lid with loose or sagging can in those who have this condition. Tightening the lower lid can improve the position of the lid.
- Frequent Administration Of Artificial Tears: You should do this frequently, around 3 to 4 times a day, preferably. You can also apply ointments at night before going to bed to help the cornea.
Here at the Advanced Eyelid Surgery Center, we dedicate ourselves to treat patients who cannot correctly close and blink their eyes, which is called lagophthalmos. To learn more about lagophthalmos and what you can do to treat it, please make an appointment with Dr. Mayli Davis. Please give us a call at (817) 778-4444 to book your appointment.