Riverside Eye – Eyelid Surgery
Your eyes are an important part of your face, both cosmetically and functionally. To look and feel our best, our eyes need to be on top of their game. Sagging, drooping eyelids can create problems not only for your vision but your self-esteem as well. Whatever your reason for wanting eyelid surgery, our surgeons at Riverside Eye are here to help.
With a range of eyelid repair procedures, we are confident you will find what you’re looking for at Riverside Eye.
Ptosis occurs when the muscle that holds the upper eyelid in position stretches and loosens over time. This causes your upper eyelid to droop and sag. Not only can this give you the appearance of tired eyes, it can obscure your vision. Common causes of ptosis include injury, previous surgery, and neurological or muscular problems. This can also occur in children.
Ptosis does not always need to be treated. If it is not bothering you in any way, nothing needs to be done. However, if you dislike the appearance or if you cannot see well, your doctor may recommend surgery to fix it. Your ptosis repair method will depend on the cause of the ptosis. For example, if a levitator tendon pulled away from the lid, reattaching the tendon will correct the issue. If the muscle is weakened, your surgeon will tuck and tighten the tendon.
A brow lift also referred to as a blepharoplasty, is a surgical procedure that fixes droopy upper and lower eyelids. There are two types of blepharoplasty – upper and lower. During an upper eyelid blepharoplasty, an incision is made in the crease of your upper eyelid. Through this incision, your surgeon can remove excess eyelid skin. The scars from this procedure are barely visible, as the incisions are made in the natural contours of your eyes. During a lower eyelid blepharoplasty, your surgeon will either make an incision inside of the lower eyelid or on the lower lash line. Through the incision, your doctor will remove excess fat and skin to rid you of the appearance of under eye bags.
Ectropion and Entropion
Ectropion is a disorder that occurs when the lower eyelid turns outward and does not touch the surface of the eye. The conjunctiva and cornea become exposed, causing issues with dryness and irritation. This also leaves your eyes more susceptible to infection. To correct this, your surgeon will surgically repair the muscles and tendons around the eye to restore proper function.
Entropion occurs when the lower eyelid turns in, causing the eyelid and lashes to rub up against the cornea. This causes irritation and infection. Over time, the constant rubbing can cause corneal scarring and vision loss. To fix this, your surgeon will tighten the eyelid and the surrounding muscles and tendons to restore proper function. Temporarily, tape or sutures can be used to reposition the lid and protect the eye.
If you are in need of eyelid surgery, no matter your reason, look no further than Riverside Eye Center. Our expert surgeons are here for you every step of the way! Contact us today to schedule your eyelid surgery consultation!