I am a 48-year-old woman who had lower blepharoplasty 6 weeks ago. My eyes have been very dry since the surgery. What type of eye drops are safe to use?
If you have had prior episodes of dry eyes then eyelid surgery can exacerbate your dry eye problem. I routinely recommend natural tears to all of my post blepharoplasty patients. The natural tears really help to sooth the eyes even if there is not a history or complaint of dry eyes. After six weeks following blepharoplasty I would likely start you on lacrilube ointment. The lacrilube will be applied at night when you are less likely going to be able to protect your eyes and you can apply the lacrilube as needed throughout the day. Your eyelid swelling should subside and you will feel significantly better.
Posted by Dr. Philip Schoenfeld