What is Lagophthalmos?

Lagophthalmos is the inability to close the eyelid(s) completely, which can cause dryness and irritation as the tear film evaporates from prolonged cornel exposure. Lagophthalmos is often the main result of Bell’s Palsy, but can also be caused by trauma, infections or other conditions.

Surgery Can Help

  • Allow the eye to fully close, resulting in proper eye function and hydration
  • Protect the cornea from foreign objects as a result of the eyelid closing fully
  • Return normal eye function including blinking and closure

How is the surgery performed?

Prior to the procedure, numbing drops are put into the eye, and a corneal shield is placed on the orbit. Once the eye is numb, Dr. Cole will insert a gold weight; a tiny weight that physically pulls the lid down into the closed position. He begins by making an incision at the upper lid crease, which exposes the anterior surface of the tarsal plate, and then secures the weight in position with the sutures.


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