Droopy eyelids can be different for everyone, ranging from a small amount of redundant skin on the upper eyelid to a severe lid droop that may cause partially obscured vision. In either case, Dr. Jayaram can help!
It is not unusual for droopy eyelids to develop gradually over time. This is partially due to the fact that the skin starts to lose elasticity over the years. While not common, droopy eyelid can be congenital. Some people develop droopy eyelids after they have cataract surgery or some other kind of corrective eye surgery, due to micro-trauma of the upper eyelid muscle. Some very rare causes of droopy eyelids can include tumors of the eyeball or surrounding area, some neurological disorders, or even some dangerous conditions like diabetes or stroke. It is important to have a specialist determine your exact cause of droop in order to decide how best to correct it.
Droopy eyelids don't go away on their own, and in fact, they often tend to get worse over time. The worse that the eyelids droop, the more likely a person is to have obscured vision. Many people struggle with the cosmetic effect of droopy eyelids, as well. Looking in the mirror when the eyelids are drooping down severely can be very discouraging and can have a very negative impact on self-esteem. Fortunately, the treatment for droopy eyelids can resolve both the functional issues and the cosmetic issues caused by droopy eyelids.
The main treatment, and by far the most effective treatment, for droopy eyelid is a surgical procedure. For minor droop or cosmetic enhancement, Dr. Jayaram performs a procedure called an Upper Lid Blepharoplasty, during which she excises excess skin in the upper eyelids, called an upper lid blepharoplasty, which is performed quickly and easily right in the office under local anesthesia. In the cases of severe droop, Dr. Jayaram can tighten the levator muscles to raise the eyelid or shorten the internal eyelid muscle, both of which provide more of a lift to the eyelids. These procedures can also help improve vision and contrast sensitivity, and can greatly enhance overall facial appearance.
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