Eye and Eyelid Surgeries
Blepharoplasty is a common surgical procedure to remove excess eyelid skin that is impairing eyesight. The surgery involves the repositioning or removal of excessive upper eyelid tissue. Blepharoplsty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, depending on the nature and severity of the condition. Generally, the excess upper eyelid skin will hang down over the eyelashes and block your peripheral vision or the outer and upper parts of your field of vision.
Patients that have less severe excess skin under the eyelids may opt to have the procedure performed for cosmetic reasons, especially if they want to remove the look of “bags” under their eyes.
The procedure is performed through external incisions along the fold of the eyelid. The incisions are made at the creases of the upper eyelids below the lashes, or on the inside surface of the lower lids. Swelling and bruising may be present for a week or two following surgery, but will disappear in the next several weeks.
Important NOTE: Many eyelid surgeries may be covered by insurance depending on the situation. The only way to determine if eyelid surgery is truly a medical necessity is to visit our office for a consultation with Dr. Thom.
Common eyelid conditions like ptosis, or droopy lids are generally age related. Ptosis can be present at birth or it can develop as a result of aging or injury. The condition can affect the levator muscles that lift the eyelid.
Ptosis is generally treated through surgery. Dr. Thom will tighten your levator muscles to lift the eyelids and improve your vision if your droopy lid was previously blocking your vision.
Dr. Thom performs many Blepharoplasty/Ptosis surgeries and has done hundreds over the last 15 years.
If you are interested in learning about the possible treatment options for your eyelids, please contact the staff at Thom Eye & Laser to schedule an appointment.