Various conditions (i.e. aging, scarring, prior surgery, or Graves disease) can cause laxity or shortening of the eyelids vertically, which prevents the eyelids from apposing the eye at an optimal position and exposes the eye to the air. This can lead to eye irritation and/or pain, redness, blurry vision and tearing. Eyelid retraction can be repaired by a number of surgeries, depending on the associated condition and severity of the retraction.