What causes conjunctivochalasis?
Some cases of conjunctivochalasis are also believed to be caused by inflammation of the eye, as well as being associated with certain conditions, like Blepharitis, Meibomian gland disorder (MGD), Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and aqueous tear deficiency. Previous eye surgeries may also contribute towards the development of conjunctivochalasis.
Symptoms of conjunctivochalasis
In some cases, conjunctivochalasis is asymptomatic, meaning that it does not present with any signs whatsoever and will only be identified by a physical examination of your eye.
However, those patients who do experience symptoms could present with some of the following:
Eyes that feel sore
Stinging or burning of the eyes
Eyes that feel particularly tired despite getting adequate rest
Dry eye syndrome is often reported as an effect after some types of surgery, including LASIK laser eye surgery. However, this does not necessarily mean that a patient is suffering from conjunctivochalasis
Symptoms are usually quite vague and indicative of other types of ocular problems. Therefore, Dr. Ahdoot will need to perform an examination of your eye to assess the excess conjunctival folds that accumulate between the globe of the eye and the eyelid margin.
Diagnosis and treatment for conjunctivochalasis
If the condition is asymptomatic or symptoms are very mild, we may prescribe lubricating eye drops to ease your discomfort. Patients may also be prescribed a course of topical corticosteroids which will help reduce any inflammation. However, if the patient cannot achieve sufficient relief from their symptoms using these methods, surgery may be considered.
Dr. Ahdoot offers an advanced technique called Ocular Surface Reconstruction with Amniotic Membrane Transplantation. Please click on video at top of page for more information.