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I have pockets of fluid that accumulate under my eyes. I first

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I have pockets of fluid that accumulate under my eyes. I first noticed it about 5 years ago (I'm 63) and it has become more noticable. What is the cause, if not normal aging, and what can I do to get rid of it? Thanks

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Dr. Rick :

It sounds like you have orbital fat prolapse. This is a benign condition.


 


With age the thin, tough membrane (orbital septum) that keeps the normal fat pad in place behind your eye becomes weak and tears. When this happens you start to notice the swelling, or bags, under your eyes. It is nothing to worry about.


 


The only way to treat this problem is with surgery, called a blepharoplasty. Many times it can be done in a procedure room in the ophthalmologist’s office. This is where I do the majority of cases myself.


 

Dr. Rick :

The amount of orbital fat that prolapses can vary from day to day so that it seems like it is from the accumulation of fluids, however in the large majority of cases it is from a weak orbital septum.

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