Many eyelid problems exist, some which are simply irritating and others which pose a risk to your health or to your vision. Our eyelids have an important job to do. They provide coverage of the cornea and distribute and eliminate tears. When your eyelid does not work or act normally, it is important that you contact an eye doctor right away. Of the many conditions which may impact your eyelids including dermatochalasis, entropion and blepharitis, by far one of the most common is called blepharoptosis .
Blepharoptosis is a condition that causes the upper eyelids to droop. It may impact one or both eyes and may be congenital, inherited or acquired. While it may be minor for some, others have such extreme drooping of the upper eyelid, that vision is obscured and may require surgery to improve.The symptom of blepharoptosis or drooping eyelids is a visible drooping of the upper eyelid. It can affect children or adults and can be easily diagnosed by a qualified eye doctor.
Treating blepharoptosis depends on the reason for the condition. If caused by certain health issues, you may be able to manage the symptoms or require medication however, in most cases, the way to resolve this condition is through surgery, more specifically, blepharoplasty.
What Is Blepharoplasty?
Blepharoplasty or eyelid surgery can be used for cosmetic issues or in the case of those suffering from blepharoptosis, as a medical solution to a condition. A cosmetic procedure, this outpatient surgery removes excess fat, skin or muscle from the droopy upper eyelid which may otherwise impair vision.
A blepharoplasty is usually performed on healthy adults who are searching for solutions to eyelid problems. Not every person is right for the surgery. It is important that you talk to your ophthalmologist about the risks, the outcome for you and if you are healthy enough for the surgery.
The procedure itself generally does not take too long and will be performed while you are sedated. Following your blepharoplasty, your eyes will likely be lubricated and covered by bandages. It is important that you have someone along with you to take you home as you will be unable to drive. Like all elective surgeries, it is important to be sure you are making the right decision for you. Understand that like all surgeries, risks and complications may exist, despite their rarity. Consult a qualified surgeon when you are considering blepharoplasty.
Ophthalmologists Northern Michigan
Alpine Eye Care offers qualified eye doctors skilled in blepharoplasty, cataract surgery, refractive surgery and general ophthalmology. If you live in Northern Michigan and are considering blepharoplasty, contact Alpine Eye Care. Offering three locations in Northern Michigan, Alpine Eye Care is accepting new patients and can help you. Contact us today at 1.877.SEE.2020 to set up an appointment today.