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Abstract: Floppy eyelid syndrome

As always I like to see studies highlighting the role of eyelids in dry eye... and I'd also really like to see more information about the successful strategies for combating it without surgery or drugs! I'd really like to see one of you oculoplasts do a little study on Tranquileyes one of these days. Why is it all your patients find out about it from their own research and not from you?
If you're not an oculoplastic surgeon but know someone who is, let 'em know!

Impact of floppy eyelid syndrome in ocular surface and dry eye disease.Optom Vis Sci. 2008 Sep;85(9):814-6.
Mastrota KM.

Floppy eyelid syndrome (FES), a clinically recognized condition of lax and rubbery eyelids, is commonly under-diagnosed. It is associated with chronic papillary conjunctivitis and is often, although not always associated with obesity and obstructive sleep apnea. Symptoms of FES mimic those of ocular surface disease; indeed FES itself can contribute to ocular surface damage. Diagnostic signs of FES can include foreign body sensation, ocular discharge, injection, and eyelid and eyelash ptosis. Palliative topical measures may be inadequate for symptomatic relief necessitating surgical eyelid repair.