What are dry eyes?
Some individuals have either decreased tear production or other physiologic defects that result in dry eye symptoms. These symptoms include eye irritation, itching, and paradoxically, watery eyes. This condition often develops with age. Eyelid surgery can produce these symptoms in unaffected put prone individuals, or worsen established symptoms. Those with suggestive symptoms should be seen by an ophthalmologist and tested prior to surgery.
Surgery can be performed conservatively in those with minimal dry eye symptoms but is not recommended in others more severely afflicted. It may be necessary to perform upper and lower eyelid surgery in two separate stages for maximum safety in patients with borderline dry eye symptoms. LASIK procedures performed to improve vision can also contribute to eye dryness and compound the effects of aesthetic eyelid surgery on dry eye symptoms.