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What was the HRT for? Are your eyes swollen mostly in the areas of the lower eyelids?
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HRT was for general tiredness mental, physical. Eyes are swollen on top and underneath, more under. Dr said it was blood vessels. (?)
Why would this happen so suddenly?
Is it kinda like "pooching" out in the area of your lower eyelids?
Ok. Thanks for that information. This really has nothing to do with your recent HRT therapy.
I have cataracts and MD
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.
And it will also not affect your cataracts or impact your ability to have safe cataract surgery in the future should this be necessary.
Does this make sense to you?
Well, I'm not interested in treating it. I want to know why it happened, both the weight gain of "7" pounds overnight and the eye involvement.
It was caused by the tearing of that thin, tough membrane called the orbital septum. It may have been accelerated by your rapid weight gain.
hummm....doesn't sound like the answer. The tearing wouldn't have happened overnight I don't think ?
As far as why you gained so much weight overnight, that is something that is out of my area of expertise as an eye surgeon> I think you should talk to your internal med MD about this.
Yes, it can come on pretty suddenly. I've seen this a number of times over the last 20 yrs.
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