Incomplete Eyelid Closure
Lagophthalmos is a condition in which the eyelids are unable to close completely, causing the eye to remain partially open when the person is sleeping. This can lead to a variety of problems, including dry eye, eye irritation, and the risk of eye injury.
Lagophthalmos can be caused by a variety of factors, including facial paralysis, nerve damage, muscle weakness, and certain medical conditions. It can also be caused by certain medications, such as antihistamines and decongestants, which can cause the muscles that control the eyelids to become relaxed.
Treatment for lagophthalmos depends on the underlying cause of the condition. In some cases, treatment may involve using eye drops or ointments to lubricate the eye and protect it from drying out. In other cases, treatment may involve using eye patches or taping the eyelids closed at night to protect the eye. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. It is important to schedule an appointment with us if you have symptoms of lagophthalmos, as early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent complications and preserve vision.