Either from birth or as a result of aging, eyelids can sag. This can be unsightly but it also can obstruct vision and cause redness or soreness. Clark Tait Eye Center offers procedures to treat a variety of eyelid conditions. These procedures vary in length, complexity, and recovery time.
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Ptosis – upper eyelid drooping
Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid that happens either from birth or with the normal aging process. Ptosis can impede the field of vision or cause an unbalanced appearance. Surgery involves shortening the muscle that opens the eyelid.
Excess Eyelid Skin
Over time, many people develop excess eyelid skin. Eyelid skin is the thinnest skin of the body, making it most susceptible to stretching. In the upper eyelid, this stretched skin may limit the field of vision, and may produce a sensation of heaviness and a tired appearance. In the lower eyelid, “bags” form.
The excess skin in the upper eyelids can be removed surgically to improve the field of vision and other symptoms. Removal of the excess skin in either the upper or lower eyelids may provide a cosmetic improvement, if any fatty tissue is present, it may be removed at the same time.
Ectropion and Entropion – Turning of the Lower Eyelid
Ectropion is the outward turning of the eyelid. With normal aging, stretching of the lower eyelid allows the eyelid to droop downward and cause ectropion. Ectropion can cause dryness of the eyes, excessive tearing, redness, and a sensitivity to light and wind. Surgery may restore the normal position of the eyelid, improving these symptoms.
Entropion is the inward turning of the eyelid. Entropion also occurs most commonly as a result of aging. When the eyelid turns inward, the eyelashes rub against the eye creating a red, irritated eye sensitive to light and wind. If entropion is not treated, an eyelid ulcer may form. With surgery, the eyelid can be turned outward to it’s normal position, protecting the eye and improving these symptoms.
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