When Droopy Eyelids Impair Your Vision

As your body ages, skin loses moisture, elasticity, and volume. Some of the thinnest skin on your body surrounds the eyes. As age-related changes affect your eyelids, drooping can become an issue, causing a permanent sleepy or tired appearance. Medically, this condition is known as ptosis. 

Drooping skin can sometimes be severe enough to interfere with your vision when eyelids don’t retract fully in the open position. It can force your chin up and head back, leading to posture problems over time. If this is the case, you’re in need of a therapeutic blepharoplasty. 

Diamond Surgical Institute specializes in blepharoplasty, the surgical procedure that removes excess skin from the eyelids, whether you require treatment for ptosis or simply prefer a younger, more alert appearance for your eyes. 

Causes of ptosis

Aging isn’t the only reason behind drooping eyelids. Occasionally, it’s a congenital birth defect. Other times, it could stem from motor nerve damage for the muscles that control the eyelid. Certain injuries or diseases can also affect the strength of muscles and ligaments responsible for eyelid movement. 

Laser eye procedures or cataract surgery can each stretch your eyelid, creating the characteristic drooping effect of ptosis. Poorly administered botulinum toxin injections can also cause drooping eyelids, but this is a temporary issue lasting three months or less. 

Blepharoplasty for improved vision

Eyelid surgery can be performed on both upper and lower lids, although problems with the lower lid don’t typically affect your vision. While blepharoplasty to treat vision issues is usually covered in health insurance plans, cosmetic applications are not. 

Preparing for surgery

Once you’ve decided to proceed with blepharoplasty, you’ll meet with Dr. Dardashti to discuss treatment, including your expectations and goals. Eyelid surgery can be combined with other procedures, such as face or brow lifts, so this is the time to explore other options you may be considering. 

Dr. Dardashti and her team will discuss the necessary pre-operational steps you’ll need to take, such as discontinuing blood-thinning medications and/or supplements as well as post-operational needs, ie. what to do or not to do afterwards.

During blepharoplasty

Basic blepharoplasty starts with an incision along an eyelid fold so that any resulting scar is well hidden. The surgeon cuts away a wedge of excess skin, muscle, and fat to tighten up the flesh of the upper lid. When your drooping problem blocks the pupil, she may add an additional step that gives support to the eyebrow muscle. If you’re undergoing cosmetic treatment for the lower eyelid, it’s performed next. 

After the procedure

You’ll be monitored after blepharoplasty to watch for complications and to give you time to pass through surgical sedation. You’ll be released later that day. 

You’ll likely experience one or more normal post-surgery conditions. These include: 

Dr. Dardashti’s team provides you with post-procedure instructions for pain relief and care. Follow these recommendations rather than any generic information you find elsewhere. 

Contact Diamond Surgical Institute if you require blepharoplasty to correct vision issues. You can call the Encino office directly at 818-528-2559, or you can book your appointment online.

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