Saw a doctor who specializes in occuplastic surgery today for cautery.
He noted two abnormalities that were new to me: Conjunctivochalasis (excess conjunctiva) and some distortion of how my lower lid closes.
According to this doctor, the combination of the excess conjunctiva and the subtle lid closing problem results results in the conjunctive being pinched a bit each time I blink -- and that, supposedly, is what makes my eyes perpetually bloodshot and irritated.
He proposed a bit of minor surgery in which he would cut away the excess conjunctiva (conjunctivoplasty) from deep in the lower eye socket and reposition a tiny muscle near the inner corner of the lower lid to make it close better.
I'd like to hear comments on this surgery, please.
This doctor felt that the risks are very minor. He said that only one of his patients had any difficulty after this, saying that when she looks sideways very far, she has some sensation of pulling under the eye and a little visual doubling.
(He didn't want to do this surgery, however, until my dry eye problems are improved, hopefully through the cautery done today.)