What is weight placement for lagophthalmos?
Weight placement for lagophthalmos involves the use of small weights to assist in eyelid closure for individuals who have difficulty fully closing their eyelids. Lagophthalmos is a condition where the eyelids do not fully close, leaving a portion of the eye exposed. This can lead to dryness, irritation, and increased risk of eye infections.
Weight placement is a surgical treatment option that helps to improve eyelid closure and protect the surface of the eye. The weights, made of gold or platinum, are carefully attached to the upper eyelid to provide a gentle downward force, aiding in eyelid closure.
Am I a candidate?
The procedure is typically recommended for patients who have mild to moderate lagophthalmos that significantly impacts their quality of life and eye health. If you have difficulty fully closing your eyelids due to various underlying causes, you may be an ideal candidate for this treatment.
What can I expect during the procedure?
During weight placement for lagophthalmos treatments, you can expect a carefully planned and personalized procedure to address their specific needs. The process typically begins with a thorough examination and consultation with Dr. Warner to determine the appropriate weight size and placement. The weights used are usually small, biocompatible devices made of materials like gold or platinum. The procedure is performed under local anesthesia, ensuring your comfort throughout. Dr. Warner will make a small incision in the upper eyelid and create a pocket to hold the weight securely. The weight is then carefully inserted and positioned to provide the necessary support for eyelid closure.
What can I expect after weight placement for lagophthalmos?
Following the procedure, you may experience mild swelling, bruising, or discomfort, but these symptoms typically resolve within a few days. Dr. Warner will provide post-operative instructions, which may include eye care, pain management, and follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process. Over time, you will notice improved eyelid closure and a reduction in the symptoms associated with lagophthalmos.
Schedule a consultation with a board certified surgeon in Orlando
Weight placement for lagophthalmos offers an effective and minimally invasive solution to address eyelid closure issues, improving both the comfort and health of the eyes. Call 407-863-8700 or fill out the form below to get started with a consultation at Florida Eyelid and Cosmetic Surgery in Orlando.