Treating Eyelid Trauma

Your eyelids have the vital job of protecting your eyes from injury. They are like bodyguards who have to put themselves “in the line of fire” to protect their charge. Unfortunately, this means that sometime they get injured, and that can have long-lasting effects on the function and appearance of your eyelids.

The good news is that many of these effects can be corrected surgically. If you are unhappy with the way your eyelid trauma has healed, the Fante Eye & Face Center can use eyelid surgery to restore the appearance of your eyelids.

Treating Eyelid Trauma in the Emergency Department

Most of the time, if you have a serious eyelid trauma, you will go to the emergency department for care. At the emergency room, they will evaluate and treat your injuries. For minor eyelid trauma, you may be sent home with little or no treatment. For more serious eyelid trauma, stitches may be used to close up the wound. If the trauma resulted in deep lacerations, you may have x-rays to look for damaging material left in the wound that could impair healing and lead to infections.

In addition, in the emergency department personnel will attempt to identify any damage to the muscles or tendons of the eyelid that can affect how your eyelids open and close. These will be repaired.

Lingering Impact of Eyelid Trauma

While emergency department personnel are typically competent doctors and nurses, their primary concern is usually making sure the injury is taken care of quickly and effectively from a practical standpoint.

Often, aesthetics is a lesser concern, so many people with eyelid trauma that’s treated in an emergency department may find that they have scarring, sagging of the eyelids, and other cosmetic complaints about the appearance of their eyelids after trauma.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery can address many of these concerns. Often, we can revise scars so that they are less pronounced or are better positioned to be less noticeable. We can change the shape or size of supporting tissue and muscles in the eyelid to help restore a normal appearance of your eyelids and ensure they open fully.

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your eyelids after eyelid trauma, please contact Fante Eye & Face Center in Denver to learn how it can be improved.

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