What is retraction repair?

Retraction repair is a surgical procedure performed to correct eyelid retraction, a condition where the eyelid is positioned higher or lower than its normal position, causing discomfort and potential vision issues. This condition can result from various factors, including thyroid eye disease, trauma, scarring, or congenital abnormalities. During retraction repair, Dr. Warner carefully adjusts the position of the upper or lower lids (or both), addressing any underlying causes and restoring a more natural eyelid position.


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Am I a candidate?

Candidates for retraction repair are individuals who experience eyelid retraction, a condition characterized by the abnormal positioning of the eyelid, either higher or lower than normal. This can lead to a range of symptoms, including dryness, irritation, redness, and discomfort. Common causes of eyelid retraction include thyroid eye disease, trauma, scarring, or congenital factors. You may also be a candidate if you have cosmetic concerns due to the asymmetry or unnatural appearance of the eyelids. 

What can I expect during retraction repair?

During retraction repair, you can expect a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and the severity of your eyelid retraction. The procedure is typically performed by an experienced ophthalmologist or oculoplastic surgeon, like Dr. Warner, under local or general anesthesia. Dr. Warner will carefully make incisions to access the affected area and adjust the positioning of the eyelid. This may involve releasing or repositioning the tissues responsible for the retraction. In some cases, additional techniques such as grafts or implants may be used to achieve optimal results. The duration of the procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case.

What can I expect after the procedure?

After the surgery, you may experience temporary swelling, bruising, and mild discomfort, which can be managed with prescribed medications. It is important to follow post-operative care instructions, which may include applying cold compresses, using prescribed eye drops or ointments, and avoiding strenuous activities. Regular follow-up visits with Dr. Warner will be scheduled to monitor healing progress and ensure the best possible outcome.

You can expect improved eyelid alignment, relief from symptoms, and a more natural and balanced appearance. The recovery period varies for each individual, but most patients can resume their normal activities within a few weeks. Retraction repair offers patients the opportunity to address functional issues, improve eye comfort, and enhance their overall appearance.

Schedule a retraction repair consultation in Orlando

Retraction repair offers patients the opportunity to regain comfort, functionality, and confidence in their eye appearance. Dr. Warner is a skilled surgeon who can perform this procedure on both the upper and lower eyelids. To get started, schedule a consultation using the form below or by calling us at 407-863-8700.

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A Consultation

At Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando, Dr. Warner provides the best in oculoplastic and cosmetic care. It all starts with a consultation, where Dr. Warner can assess your goals and answer any questions that you have. Please fill out the form below or give us a call at (407) 863-8700 to get started.