Having an eyelid problem can be painful, limit your vision and affect your appearance. Many people have eyelid problems. They may include droopy upper eyelids, extra eyelid skin or eyelids that turn inward or outward. Fortunately, Dr. Krassin can treat many types of eyelid problems with eyelid surgery.
Ptosis is when one or both of your upper eyelids droop. It can limit your peripheral (side) or central (straight ahead) vision. If you have ptosis in one eye only, your face may look uneven. If both eyelids droop, you can look tired. Someone can be born with ptosis. Ptosis can seriously limit the development of sharp vision. Therefore, requiring the need for eye glasses to see clearly
The Next Step
After a complete eye exam and testing at Southwest Eye Care, Dr. Krassin may recommend eyelid surgery. With ptosis surgery, Dr. Krassin strengthens the eyelid muscle by shortening it. This helps lift the droopy lid, improving vision as well as the eye’s appearance.
Your eyelid skin is very thin and tends to stretch over time. Sometimes it stretches too much, causing excess eyelid skin. When this happens to the upper eyelid, it can limit your side vision. When lower eyelid skin stretches, you may have what some people call “bags” under the eyes.
Dr. Krassin can remove excess eyelid skin in a procedure called blepharoplasty. At the same time, Dr. Krassin may also remove extra fatty tissue near the eyelid or tighten muscle and tissue. This eyelid surgery helps make the area around the eye and lid look more clearly defined. It also makes eyes appear less tired and more alert.
When the lower eyelid droops down and turns outward, it is called ectropion. This can happen due to age, skin disease, or a burn to the eyelid. Ectropion can make your eyes dry, watery and sensitive to light and wind.
If the lower eyelid turns in toward the eyeball it is called entropion. This condition can develop due to age, infection, or scarring inside the eyelid. When the eyelid turns inward, your eyelashes and skin may rub against the eye. This can make your eye red, watery and very irritated. If it is not treated, entropion may also lead to an infection on your cornea (the clear surface of the eye).
Eyelid surgery for ectropion and entropion returns the eyelid to its normal position. This helps reduce painful and irritating symptoms and protects your eye.
What to expect from eyelid surgery
Nearly all eyelid surgery is done as an outpatient procedure. A local anesthesia will be used to numb your eye and the area around it. Before your eyelid surgery, Dr. Krassin will do a complete consultation and talk with you about treatment options. During the consultation, photos will be taken to test your peripheral vision.
As with any type of surgery, there are possible risks and complications with eyelid surgery. Dr. Krassin will discuss these with you. It is important during the consultation to disclose all medications being taken, especially if you are taking blood thinners, or have a bleeding problem.
For more information on eyelid surgery or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krassin, call 952-466-3937.