Eyelid Surgery Questions
Can blepharoplasty be performed to improve vision?
+ Yes, blepharoplasty is a well-known procedure for its cosmetic benefits, however there is a type of bleharoplasty which is used for functional reasons. When the outer and upper parts of the visual field are affected, upper eyelid blepharoplasty may be performed to improve peripheral vision.
Is functional bleparoplasty covered by insurance?
+ In many cases, yes. Call our office to see if you meet the criteria for coverage.
What is causes ectropion and entropion?
+ Often ectropion and entropion occur when aging causes the tissues to stretch, loosening the eyelid. Entropion may also be caused by infection or scarring of the inside eyelid.
Is ectropion a serious condition?
+ Ectropion is the most common lower eyelid malposition. Mild cases may not visibly turn the eyelid away from the eye but can cause tearing, irritation, and/or dryness of the cornea. More severe cases, however will result in the eyelid truly turned away from the eye and can cause excessive tearing, chronic irritation, redness, pain, a gritty feeling, crusting of the eyelid, mucous discharge, and the breakdown of the cornea.
What are the risks of entropion?
The eyelid, once turned inwards towards the eye may cause significant irritation, redness, and sensitivity to light and wind because of the rubbing of the lid and eyelashes on the eye. If left untreated, chronic entropion can cause permanent damage to the eye, including corneal scarring and loss of vision..
What can I expect during the eyelid surgery procedure?
+ In most cases, eyelid surgery is an outpatient procedure utilizing local anesthesia. Prior to your surgery our doctor will perform an eye exam and make recommendations. Occasionally photographs will be required by insurance companies. A mild sedative may be given prior to surgery to help you relax. You may be in the surgery suite for several hours depending on the type of surgery and amount of tissue removed. Incisions are made along the natural folds of the skin so they are very difficult if not impossible to see.
What is the recovery period like?
+ You will need someone to drive you home following the surgery. You can expect some bruising and swelling after the procedure that can last from one week to a month. Elevating the head and cold compresses will help reduce swelling and discomfort. Although discomfort is fairly mild for the majority of patients, some pain medication may be prescribed. Within five to ten days stitches will be removed..