Our eyelids serve an incredibly important function—protecting the eyes from foreign objects and moisturizing the surface to keep them comfortable. Due to genetics, trauma, certain medical conditions or simply through aging, some people have excess or drooping eyelids that can impair or limit their vision.
Pathologic eyelid drooping, also known as ptosis, can occur in one or both eyes. With eyelid drooping, the eyelids typically block or significantly reduce vision depending on how much it obstructs the pupil. For people with moderate to severe eyelid drooping, wearing glasses or contact lenses can be difficult, further limiting their vision. Eyelid drooping can also cause “tired” eyes, eye irritation and increased dry eye symptoms.
Excess or droopy upper eyelids can be treated with eyelid surgery or blepharoplasty. The procedure removes and tightens excess skin on the upper and/or lower lid to help improve vision and the appearance of the eyelids. The primary benefits of eyelid surgery include:
- Removal of excess skin and wrinkles in the upper and/or lower eyelid.
- Decrease in puffiness of the upper and/or lower eyelid.
- Reduction of ‘bags’ under the eye.
- Improved field of vision that was previously obstructed by excess skin.
Along with the physical benefits of eyelid surgery, there are also psychological benefits from the procedure. From improving one’s appearance, eyelid surgery can boost self-esteem, confidence and quality of life.
At our West Seattle or Burien eye clinic of Clearview Eye & Laser, we offer eyelid surgery for patients who have impaired vision due to sagging eyelids, or those who desire to improve their appearance. At your initial consultation, your Seattle ophthalmologist will evaluate the condition and health of your eyes. We will thoroughly discuss the details of the procedure, the recovery process, risks and benefits involved, and more. We will also help you understand the cost of eyelid surgery and your payment options.
It’s important to have realistic expectations for the procedure. While eyelid surgery does not prevent the natural and normal effects of aging, it can help to enhance appearance and field of vision. If you’re interested in learning more about eyelid surgery, please schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced and knowledgeable Seattle ophthalmologists. Fill out our online form and one of our Clearview Eye & Laser team members will respond to you shortly.