During your examination, our staff will assess your symptoms, discuss your treatment options, and answer any questions you might have.
On average, people blink around 19,000 times a day which means that, when you’re awake, your eyelids are constantly at work.
And because they are, you likely notice when they aren’t working properly. Excessive watering, moderate to severe discomfort, and redness that can negatively impact your quality of vision are signs that your eyelids may need medical attention. These conditions develop for a number of reasons such as previous trauma to the eyelid, weakening muscles around the eye, a damaged facial nerve, or chronic infection, among others.
Eyelid conditions fall into four common categories: ectropion, entropion, skin lesions, and dermatochalasis.
Ectropion is how doctors describe an eyelid that turns outward, leaving the delicate inner surface exposed and prone to irritation. Ectropion is most common in older adults, and it generally affects only the lower eyelid. In severe cases, the entire length of the eyelid is turned out.
Entropion is the opposite of ectropion and is how doctors describe an eyelid that turns inward, causing your eyelashes and skin to rub against the eye surface. This can lead to a great deal of irritation and discomfort. An entropion eyelid may be turned in all the time or only when you blink hard or squeeze your eyelids shut.
Skin lesions are a common type of bump that can develop anywhere on the body. Near the eye, they may cause irritation or obstruct your vision and appearance.
Because skin lesions can signal other issues, Valley Eye Associates will carefully examine yours to determine its type and thickness and assess the condition of the surrounding skin. Our surgeons are skilled in the identification, treatment, and removal of lesions around the eyes.
Our exam will determine whether your lesion is being removed to improve your vision or for aesthetic concerns. In most cases, lesions can be removed in a matter of minutes at our office. As a precaution, all suspicious lesions are then sent to a certified pathologist for evaluation.
Dermatochalasis is the presence of loose or redundant skin of the upper or lower eyelid. It commonly causes a “baggy” eye appearance.
Blepharoplasty: Relief for Ectropion Lids
An entropion lid can often be repaired with strategically placed sutures; however, an ectropion lid most commonly requires a blepharoplasty. A blepharoplasty reshapes sagging eyelids by removing and repositioning excess dermatochalasis skin or reinforcing the lid’s surrounding muscles and tendons. Blepharoplasty can be performed on both the upper and lower eyelids, depending on the nature and severity of the condition.
Most patients opt for blepharoplasty because of excess upper eyelid skin that hangs down over the eyelashes, blocking the outer and upper parts of the visual field. By removing this skin, patients experience improved vision along with eyes that appear more open.
Patients may also opt for blepharoplasty simply to improve their appearance. Lower eyelid blepharoplasty is almost always an elective procedure to remove the look of bags or sagging under the eye.
Am I a Candidate?
The best candidates for blepharoplasty are in good general health without serious eye conditions, illnesses, or medical conditions that can impair the healing process. Ideally, patients are non-smokers.
If you are interested in learning about treatment options for your eyelids, please contact Valley Eye Associates to schedule an appointment. Because each case is unique, this initial consultation is important to determine the best treatment for long-term relief and whether or not insurance coverage is available.