DISEASES OF THE EYELIDS
Diseases of the eyelids are very frequent. The most significant are congenital eyelid ptosis (drooping eyelid), ectropion (rotation outwards of the eyelid), entropion (rotation toward the inside of the eyelid), facial paralysis or facial dystonia (blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm). Eyelid tumours are also frequent, most being benign, such as warts or cysts, but frequently malignant tumours (cancer) are also observed, which require assessment and treatment by an oculoplastic surgeon. Blepharitis is a chronic inflammation of the eyelid margin which is associated with dry eye and causes major discomfort. Sties and lipogranulomas are inflammatory cysts that sometimes require surgical treatment.
The most common problems are lacrimal duct obstructions which cause epiphora or tearing, chronic conjunctivitis, secretion, blurred vision, or infection of the lacrimal sac (acute dacryocystitis). These problems can affect people of any age and gender.
The most common operations which are performed are punctoplasty (opening of the lacrimal point) and dacryocystorhinostomy (DCR), in cases of major obstruction. DCR can be performed externally, endonasal or by laser, according to the case.
The most significant diseases of the orbit are inflammations, especially thyroid orbitopathy, which appears mainly in patients suffering from hyperthyroidism, and which coincides with exophthalmos ("bulging eyes"), red and painful eyes, inflammation of the eyelids with the formation of very pronounced palpebral bags, double vision, and pain when moving the eyes. The treatment of these patients is lengthy and includes drug treatments, occasionally surgery. Orbital tumours can be of many types and cause various symptoms such as loss of progressive vision and exophthalmos ("bulging eye").
In patients with painful and blind eyes or with a badly damaged aesthetic appearance of the eyeball, enucleation or evisceration surgeries can occasionally be performed to relieve pain and improve appearance by deploying ocular prostheses.
The passage of time significantly affects the eyelids, forming bags, wrinkles, sagging skin, etc. This generates an aspect of aging, fatigue and even sadness in one of the most exposed parts of the body. Thus, many patients seek to eliminate these problems. Blepharoplasty surgery applies different techniques to rejuvenate the appearance of the eyelids and the vision and, in most cases, obtain very satisfactory results.
The term for facial rejuvenation is applied to define the set of surgical techniques (blepharoplasty, malar bags surgery, semi face-lifting, forehead lifting and treatments (botulinum toxin, facial peelings) which are deployed to obtain a more rejuvenated appearance of the expression and the vision of our patients.
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