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The Methodist Hospital Institute for Reconstructive Surgery
6560 Fannin Street, Suite 800
Houston, TX 77030
Gold Eyelid Weight
The loss of eye closure and blinking is one of the most significant problems associated with facial paralysis. Disruption of this protective mechanism can lead to irritation of the eye (conjunctivitis), ulceration of the cornea (exposure keratitis) and blindness.
Eye closure and blink can be reestablished utilizing an implantable gold weight in the upper eyelid. If the individual is uncertain about the benefit of the eye lid weight then external weights are available to “test-drive” for a several week period.
Gold weight implantation is typically a rapid procedure and is usually performed on an outpatient basis. Eye closure is present immediately and continues to improve over a several week period.
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