Eyelid surgery is a procedure that lifts or alters the shape of your upper or lower eyelid. Here at Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists, our ophthalmologists perform eyelid surgery for both medical and cosmetic reasons. If you're curious about the surgery, learning more about the causes, process, and recovery can help you determine if it's time to meet with your eye doctor.
What Conditions Require Eyelid Surgery?
Your eye doctor might recommend eyelid surgery for conditions including:
- Ptosis: This condition, which is often caused by advancing age, causes your eyelid to droop. Depending on the progression, ptosis can block your vision.
- Ectropion: Ectropion happens when your eyelid starts to flip out. As a result, the sensitive inner surface can become dry or inflamed. In some cases, you can develop an infection.
- Entropion: This condition occurs when your eyelid flips in. As it does, your lashes come in contact with your eyes, causing pain and irritation.
General aging can also cause puffiness and sagging on your upper and lower eyelids. Usually, this is due to changes in the connective tissues in your skin; they lose elasticity over time. When that happens, you might elect to have eyelid surgery to make your eyes look fresher and more youthful.
How Does Eyelid Surgery Work?
If you need to have eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty, your doctor will usually make an incision along your lash line or in the crease of the eye. In some cases, the incision is located inside the eyelid. Then, the doctor can remove extra skin, fat, and/or muscle. The specific procedure varies based on your physiology and the problem you want to correct.
Eyelid surgery is almost always an outpatient procedure, but you can expect to be sedated and given local painkillers. The entire process usually takes between 1 and 2 hours per eye, depending on the extent of the repair.
What Is Recovery Like for Eyelid Surgery?
After surgery, it takes time for anesthesia and sedation to wear off. You may also need to use creams to restore moisture. Some people experience blurry vision, an excess of tears, or dry eyes for a few hours or days after the procedure.
Meet with an Ophthalmologist in Leesburg, Eustis, or Clermont, FL
Are you having pain or other problems with your eyelids? Contact us to schedule an exam and a consultation. At Fishman and Sheridan Eye Care Specialists, our ophthalmologists have years of experience with eyelid surgery; delivering exceptional results to patients from across Leesburg, Eustis, and Clermont, FL. Call us today at (352) 360-2301 for more information or to schedule an appointment.