Lagophthalmos: An Eyelid Surgery Complication

Can't Close Your Eyes after your Eyelid Surgery?

The inability to completely close one's eyes (lagophthalmos) after an eyelid surgery can be devastating and life-changing. Difficulty washing one's face can be a problem since soap can get into one's eyes with a lagophthalmos. Excessive dry eyes are also associated with lagophthalmos, and can be very bothersome. The condition, lagophthalmos, can occur after a blepharoplasty or eyelid procedure. In the majority of cases, post-surgical lagophthalmos resolves several days or weeks after a blepharoplasty procedure.