What is Chemosis?
Chemosis is swelling of the conjunctiva, which is the skin of the eyeball. It can appear as jelly “yellowish” material on the eyeball. Conjunctival chemosis can occur from a variety of reasons, including anything that causes irritation or inflammation of the eye or eyelids. A common cause is any ocular/eye or eyelid surgery, including blepharoplasty surgery. It is usually transient, lasting a few days, but can be prolonged. Some patients in Beverly Hills are more prone than others to get prolonged swelling. Factors contributing to this include dry eyes or exposure keratopathy, inability to fully close the eyes, aggressive eyelid surgery, or certain underlying conditions such as conjunctivochalasis, which is loose extra conjunctiva.
Read more about chemosis from nlm.nih.gov.
Treatment For Chemosis
Treatment in Los Angeles depends on severity of the chemosis, how long it has been present, and the underlying reason. For mild swelling, using ocular lubrication (drops or ointment) are helpful. Steroid eye drops/ointment are useful to decrease the underlying the inflammation and allow the eye to heal the swelling. Chemosis after blepharoplasty usually resolves with the above treatments. If poor eyelid closure is the problem causing drying and exposure of the conjunctiva with secondary inflammation and swelling, then temporary eyelid closure (patching and/or temporary tarsorrhaphy) is helpful. Prolonged swelling may need surgery (conjunctivaplasty), to remove excess loose conjunctiva, which can be performed under local anesthesia.
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