Drooping eyelids are a common eye condition which may influence you to consider ocular plastic surgery. As you age, you see the effects of gravity on your skin. Delicate tissues around the eyes lose elasticity, and skin can accumulate above or below the eyes, making you look older and fatigued. Sagging skin can also interfere with your vision. An EyeLift may solve the problem.
Dermatochalasis is an eye condition caused by excessive skin around your upper eyelid, lower eyelid or both. It is usually associated with older age, but younger individuals can be affected by dermatochalasis as well. Dermatochalasis tends to cause more problems on the upper eyelid because it can obstruct your visual field.
Causes of Dermatochalasis
The most common cause of dermatochlasis is the aging process. Other causes include:
history of thyroid eye disease
trauma to the eye tissue
Warning Signs and Symptoms of Dermatochalasis
In addition to the aesthetics of a drooping lid, there may be other symptoms of dermatochlasis, such as:
loss of peripheral vision
elevating the brows to improve vision
Blepharoplasty, (also called an EyeLift) or reduction of the upper or lower eyelid, is a common procedure to treat droopy eyelids. The surgery involves removing excess eyelid skin and fat. Depending on your situation, this in-office procedure can be done for cosmetic reasons or to improve your vision. If the eyelids are droopy enough to reduce your field of vision, then this procedure may be covered by your health insurance.
If you are experiencing droopy eyelids and you are noticing a difference in your vision, contact us for more information about the best course of treatment to improve your eyesight.