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Revista Cubana de Oftalmología

versión impresa ISSN 0864-2176versión On-line ISSN 1561-3070


BATISTA PENA, Maikel; ROJAS RONDON, Irene; ARZUAGA HERNANDEZ, Elizabeth  y  GUZMAN MARTINEZ, María de Lourdes. The lax eyelid syndrome. Rev Cubana Oftalmol [online]. 2019, vol.32, n.4, e756.  Epub 15-Feb-2020. ISSN 0864-2176.

The lax eyelid syndrome is a condition that often goes unnoticed. The symptoms that characterize it are generally very nonspecific, so patients are often misdiagnosed with chronic infectious conjunctivitis, blepharitis, or dry eye syndrome, which can lead to a delay or lack of treatment for months or even years. The case of a 54-year-old patient is presented. The patient was treated at the Ocular Plastic Surgery Service of Ramón Pando Ferrer Cuban Institute of Ophthalmology and reported gritty sensation, burning and secretions. During the interrogation, the presence of sleep disorders and dislocation of the upper eyelid during sleep was found. The patient was diagnosed with lax eyelid syndrome and it was decided to perform surgical treatment, using the horizontal lid shortening technique. One month after the surgery, the disappearance of all the symptoms and a very favorable aesthetic result were observed. Although lax eyelid syndrome is not life-threatening, it can lead to serious conditions that threaten vision and can be an indicator of fatal systemic conditions.

Palabras clave : Lax eyelid syndrome; eyelid eversion; sleep apnea; lax eyelid; horizontal lid shortening.

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