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.
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