Oculoplastics – Droopy Eyelids and Eyelid Disorders

Reconstructive oculofacial surgery is one of several procedures that we specialize in at Center for Sight. The procedure can treat a variety of eye conditions and be used to repair eyelid disorders such as:

  • Droopy eyelids
  • Sagging or in-turning of the lower eyelids
  • Orbital and facial bone fractures
  • Blocked tear ducts
  • Excessive tear production
  • Tumors around the eyes and elsewhere on the face

In most cases, diagnosis and treatment are covered by medical insurance when these issues interfere with your vision. In these instances, the procedures are considered medically necessary. When vision is not affected, insurance does not cover the cost of treatment. This procedure would be considered strictly cosmetic. Most cosmetic procedures are referred to as elective, and patients must pay for them out of pocket.


Blepharoplasty surgery Droopy Eyelids and Eyelid Disorders

Blepharoplasty is a surgery that repairs droopy eyelids by removing excess skin, muscle and fat.

Droopy Eyelids and Eyelid Disorders can be caused by:

  • The eyelids stretching over time
  • The weakening of muscles that support your eyelids

Droopy eyelids can also impair peripheral vision. Blepharoplasty can reduce or eliminate this issue, and the procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis.

What are the benefits of Blepharoplasty?

  • Removal of excess fatty deposits to reduce puffiness in eyelids
  • Improved vision
  • Reduced wrinkles
  • Removed bags under the eyes
  • Correction of droopiness

Ectropion Repair

What is ectropion?

Ectropion is a condition that leaves the inner eyelid exposed as the lower eyelid turns out. It is most common in older adults.

Ectropion can be caused by:

  • muscle weakness
  • scars
  • skin issues
  • growths
  • paralysis

With ectropion, tears are unable to drain through the tear duct, causing:

  • Irritation
  • Excessive tearing
  • Excessive dryness

Entropion Repair

What is entropion?

Entropion is a condition that causes irritation and discomfort when the skin and eyelashes rub against the eye as the eyelid turns in. Artificial tears and ointment can help, but surgery is often needed to correct entropion. However, if left untreated, it can cause irreparable damage to the cornea, resulting in eye infections or vision loss.

Sufferers of entropion may experience:

  • a feeling of something in the eye
  • irritation
  • sensitivity to light
  • watery eyes
  • decreased vision

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with one of our specialists for an evaluation.

Eyelid Tumors

The most common lid tumor is also one of the most common skin cancers: basal cell carcinoma. Your ophthalmologist will check your lids during your exam for lid tumors. Fortunately, most tumors can be surgical removed and the lid reconstructed with minimal scarring. Larger tumors, however, will need more involved reconstruction.

Ptosis Repair

What is Ptosis?

Ptosis is a condition characterized by drooping upper eyelids. Ptosis can affect one or both eyelids, resulting in slight or severe drooping, which in some cases can block vision completely. Causes include:

  • Age-related weakening of the muscle
  • Trauma
  • Congenital weakness
  • Neurological disorders

Surgery can be an effective treatment for improving both vision and appearance. It usually involves tightening of the levator muscle to lift the eyelid. Specialized testing is completed prior to surgery to determine the best method of correction for each patient’s individual needs. The goal is to elevate the eyelid to allow full peripheral vision.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment with one of our specialists for an evaluation.

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