Blepharoplasty is surgery to correct eyelid problems, including drooping eyelids (ectropion and entropion) and baggy eyelids. It may be performed for medical reasons where the condition is causing discomfort or pain, or if it affects vision or poses a risk to the health of the eyes. Surgery may also be carried out for cosmetic reasons where a patient is not happy with the appearance of their eyelids.
Removal of cysts, lumps, styes
Cysts in the area of the eye may require specialist eye surgery to remove. This is usually a quick and simple procedure carried out under a local anaesthetic.
Insertion of punctum plugs
Dry eye syndrome can sometimes be treated by the insertion of punctum plugs (sometimes called punctal plugs or lacrimal canalicular plugs). These stop tears draining down the tear drainage system, helping to keep the eyes more moist and comfortable.
Watery eyes caused by blocked tear ducts can usually be successfully treated by a lacrimal washout; a quick procedure that irrigates the tear duct, removing the blockage.
Surgery to correct eyelid conditions is usually a minor procedure that is quick and simple to perform. Surgery is usually carried out as day surgery so you’ll be able to go home on the same day, but you may not be able to drive yourself. You’ll be given a local anaesthetic, so you'll be awake but you won’t be able to feel any pain in the area of the operation.
The exact nature of your surgery will depend on what condition you have, its underlying cause and its severity.
You may have some pain or discomfort after the operation which we’ll help you manage with painkillers. After surgery you may have padding over your eye to protect it. We’ll tell you how to care for your wound and, if you’ve had non-dissolvable stitches, we’ll make an appointment for you to have them removed. You may need to take some time off work.
As with any surgical procedure there is some risk of infection of the wound, or bleeding after the operation.