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The transparent layer of tissue lining the inner surface of your eyelid on the surface of the white part of your eye is the conjunctiva. Conjunctivoplasty is a customized eye surgery performed to repair a defect in this delicate but crucial part of the eye structure.

The surgery may be performed to resolve a dysfunction of the conjunctiva associated with aging tissue. As the conjunctiva ages, it can become wrinkled or loose, affecting your eyesight, and if not treated, can affect overall eye health.

As the body ages, all of the tissues begin to lose their natural elasticity, including the eyes. As the eye surface experiences this phenomenon, a condition called conjunctivochalasis can develop, with the eye’s delicate surface becoming loose.

Conjunctivoplasty: When surgery is required

The conjunctiva of the eye plays a critical role in overall eye health. It provides lubrication by producing mucus and tears and prevents the microbes from entering the eye structure – a vital aspect of the immune defense system. When the conjunctiva has loosened, it can lead to very uncomfortable symptoms. A comprehensive eye examination is required, as several eye conditions can present similar symptoms. When the conjunctiva is loose or folded, you may experience symptoms very similar to dry eye, including:

  • Eye pain
  • Blurred vision
  • Watery eyes (epiphora)
  • Dry eyes
  • Burning eyes
  • Irritated eyes
  • Subconjunctival hemorrhages

The excess folds of the conjunctiva must be removed or tightened to relieve the symptoms and keep the eye protected. At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, our eye surgeons employ the most advanced techniques for conjunctivoplasty. Your journey to healthier eyes starts with a comprehensive eye examination to accurately identify the cause of your symptoms, as it can be overlooked without a full examination, or be diagnosed as dry eye. Once the condition is identified as originating in the conjunctiva, your surgery can be scheduled to remove or tighten the excess tissues.

What does the surgery entail?

Every surgery at Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology is customized for the individual. In some cases, the excess tissue is surgically removed. In other cases, a transplantation technique may produce superior results. With this technique, a specialized surgical glue to adhere to the amniotic membrane can restore normal tear production.

Handsome middle aged man, smiling after receiving conjunctivoplasty.

Testing and Diagnosis

At Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology, we employ the most advanced diagnostic tools. Correctly diagnosing your symptoms allows us to perform an effective treatment. If you suffer the symptoms of dry eye, you may have loosened conjunctiva, with the folds affecting the tear ducts and natural lymphatic flow.

Why choose us?

Over the years, Beverly Hills Institute of Ophthalmology has achieved a stellar reputation for eye surgery, vision correction, and treatment for a range of eye conditions. Our team of board-certified eye surgeons is among the first to perform many of the latest developments in eye surgery and continue to stay ahead of the curve.

Beyond our surgical skills and techniques, our ophthalmologists are dedicated to providing an extraordinary level of patient care. We are honored to be recognized as leaders in the field of eye health and to be chosen by patients who are searching for superior skills and concierge-style personal service.

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