Length: Usually 60-90 minutes.
Anesthesia: Local anesthetic or general (asleep).
Hospital Stay: Usually outpatient.
Side Effects: Temporary discomfort, tightness of lids, swelling and bruising. Temporary dryness, burning and itching of eyes. Excessive tearing and sensitivity to light for first few weeks.
Risks: Temporary blurred or double vision, infection, bleeding, swelling at the corners of the eyelids, dry eyes and formation of whiteheads. Slight asymmetry in healing or scarring. Difficulty in closing eyes completely (rarely permanent). Pulling down of the lower lids (may require further surgery). Blindness (extremely rare). Patients must have controlled blood pressure and be off aspirin-containing products for two weeks prior to surgery.