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Treatment for Your Eyelids

Aging, the environment and your health can all affect the appearance of your eyelids and skin. Droopy eyelids and wrinkles may even block your vision. At Ophthalmic Associates, we provide high-quality medical and surgical eye care services, like Blepharoplasty, and can treat other common eyelid issues, such as:

  • Ptosis (drooping of the muscle of the upper lids)
  • Entropion (turning in of the eyelashes of the lower lid)
  • Ectropion (turning out and sagging of the lower lid)
  • Trichiasis (extra eyelashes growing on the upper/lower lids)

Don't wait any longer to take care of these issues. Your insurance company may even cover these services if they are impacting your vision. Schedule your appointment today!

Blepharoplasty

Over time, the thin layer of skin that surrounds the eyes may sag. This often results in making one appear tired and older. The drooping skin may also interfere with the field of vision. To ensure full peripheral vision, an eyelid lift, also known as blepharoplasty, may be performed to remove excess skin from the upper eyelids, lift sagging eyelids, or address fatty pockets and excess skin under the eyes. A blepharoplasty may be performed alone or in conjunction with other procedures to achieve rejuvenation of the periocular region and improve a patient’s field of vision. Our surgeons at Ophthalmic Associates will create a tailored approach to each patient and answer any questions related to the procedure.

Ptosis

Ptosis is the drooping of the upper eyelid to the extent it partially covers the pupil. It can affect one or both eyes. As we age, the muscles that hold up our eyelids weaken or loosen and can cause our lids to droop. This results in a tired, sleepy appearance and reduces peripheral vision. Some people experience brow or forehead aches and fatigue at the end of the day from constantly raising their brows to see. Ptosis may also be caused by an injury, birth defect or neurological disorder and is seen in both adults and children. Surgical repair helps improve vision and provides a more vibrant appearance. There are various surgical approaches to address ptosis including an external approach, an internal approach, and even the use of suspension slings in very severe cases. Ptosis surgery is very delicate and requires a thorough understanding of the anatomy and function of the muscle. Our team at Ophthalmic Associates will create a tailored approach to each patient and answer any questions related to the procedure.

Entropion

Entropion, a condition in which the lower eyelid turns inward, can cause eye irritation and result in excessive tearing, crusting, mucous discharge and even vision loss. Although most commonly the result of aging and the weakening of the eyelid muscles, entropion may also be caused by a birth defect, eye injury, scarring or tumors.

Patients whose eyelids turn inward can undergo an outpatient surgical procedure to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position. For those cases where surgery is not an option, the condition is treated with lubricating drops, ointments and temporary sutures. Since entropion can cause damage to the outer part of the eye, known as the cornea, we strongly suggest an evaluation with our team at Ophthalmic Associates to confirm the best approach for treatment.

Ectropion

Ectropion, a condition in which the lower eyelid turns outward, can cause eye irritation and result in excessive tearing, crusting and mucous discharge. Although most commonly the result of aging and the weakening of the eyelid muscles, ectropion may also be caused by a birth defect, eye injury, scarring or skin cancers. An outpatient surgical procedure can be performed to tighten the eyelid and return it to its normal position. To prevent dryness of the cornea, artificial tears and ointments may be prescribed to help keep the eyes lubricated. Since ectropion can cause damage to the outer part of the eye, known as the cornea, we strongly suggest an evaluation with our team at Ophthalmic Associates to confirm the best approach for treatment.

Trichiasis

Trichiasis, a condition in which eyelashes turn inward toward the eye, can cause eye irritation and result in excessive tearing and redness. Treatment can involve removing the eyelash, follicle or both, or redirecting eyelash growth. Since trichiasis can cause irritation to the outer part of the eye, known as the cornea, we strongly suggest an evaluation with our team at Ophthalmic Associates to confirm the best approach for treatment. 

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