Labelled Diagram of the Eye

Labelled diagram of the structure of the retina

Blepharochalasis is a condition in which a person has excessive eyelid skin which becomes lax and falls in redundant folds over the lid margins.

(That this term concerns the eyelids indicated by the prefix "blephar-" which refers to the eyelid, and is also a prefix of other terms in this section - listed on the left).

Blepharochalasis may result from repeated instances of odema (swelling of tissues holding excessive fluid) and / or inflammation of the eyelids (blepharitis).

Blepharochalasis usually affects only the upper eyelids, and may affect either just one eye (unilateral), or both eyes (bilateral).

Complications of blepharochalasis may include conjunctival hyperemia (excessive blood flow through the moist tissues of the orbit), chemosis, entropion, ectropion, and ptosis. There may also be cosmetic considerations.

If surgery is advised a blepharoplasty may be carried out, usually by a plastic surgeon or ophthamologist.

More about Ophthalmology:

This section includes short definitions of many diseases, disorders, and conditions of the eyes and visual system.
For definitions of other terms in this category, choose from the list to the left (but note that this is not a complete/exhaustive list).

Other related pages include

For further information see also our pages of books about ophthalmology.

The following books may also be of interest:

The Aging Eye (Harvard Medical School)
MCQ Companion to the Eye (Textbook)
The Secret of Perfect Vision: How You Can Prevent and Reverse Nearsightedness
What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Glaucoma: The Essential Treatments and Advances That Could Save Your Sight

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